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- Short stature is defined as height below the 3rd percentile, but many pediatricians use the 5th percentile as the cutoff.
- Growth failure refers to downward crossing of the height percentile over the normal curves and eventually leads to short stature. With evidence of growth failure, diagnostic evaluation is required, even if short stature is not yet present.
- Failure to thrive refers to infants and children who fail to gain weight and often lose weight. They may or may not be short and are underweight for height.