Those who have ever wondered how tall their child will be can find that info in a new free app.
"We can see a child in the office at virtually any age, six months, a year, two years, five years and we can make projections," said John Herzenberg, Md. of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore Maryland.
It's called the multiplier app, and it has ten years of science behind it.
Sinai Hospital originally designed it for other pediatricians who deal with kids with birth defects like short arms and legs. But the free app can be used by anyone.
Rina Bethea was curious about her children's height.
"It's just fun, she said. “Everybody wants to talk about their kids and think about how, what they're going to be like when they get bigger."
That's why Bethea is putting the app to the test. Rina is 5’ 5’’, her husband 6’ 3’’.
The app itself is easy, just put in your child's age and current height. The hardest part, may be getting Rina’s son Avi to stand still.
"So my prediction is that little Avi is going to be like big Avi he is going to be like his dad, said Dr. Herzberg."
Next, it is Ori's turn. The app predicts that the three-month-old will be 6’ 7’’.
"I think you could keep going and have a basketball team," said Dr. Herzberg.
It is a new way to predicting height, in the palm of your hand.
The average height for a woman is 5’ 4”, and for a man, 5’ 10”.
The multiplier app is available for free on the iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
Dr. Herzenberg says parents can expect accuracy of predicting height to within one and a half inches. The best accuracy can be found when a child turns eight.
BACKGROUND: The average height in the United States for a woman is 5'4. The average man is 5'10. Girls tend to grow until they are 14-years-old. Boys will reach their full leg length by 16, but their torsos will continue to grow until they are around 18.
APP ALERT: A free mobile application developed by the International Center for Limb Lengthening (ICLL) at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics (RIAO) of Sinai Hospital can predict the future mature height and bone lengths of children with the input of basic information. The Multiplier App, available for Android, iPhone and iPad devices, is based upon the Multiplier Method, a series of formulas used to calculate and predict height and bone length in children.
To calculate height and bone length with the Multiplier App, the user needs only to input a child's gender and birth date and the length of his or her body or specific limb. Using this basic information, the app then utilizes the Multiplier Method to make its predictions.
The app is not only useful for those interested in finding out how tall their child will be, but is especially helpful for physicians who treat children with limb length discrepancies. For instance, ICLL physicians use the app to help predict ultimate leg length discrepancy in a child born with short legs.
ACCURACY: The director of the ICLL, Dr. John Herzenberg says parents can expect accuracy of predicting height to within one and a half inches. Accuracy is improved by using the child's bone age rather than chronological age. That can be calculated by taking an x-ray of the child's hand.
(SOURCE: Sinai Hospital)
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