Hello, first time poster here. I'm just after some advice about my son as I'm running out of ideas.

My son is 6 and was born small (5lb 3oz at full term) due to the umbilical cord being too thin which went undetected during pregnancy however his growth was monitored. He has always been below the bottom centile for his height and between the ages of 2 and 3 he underwent many tests to rule out anything that could be causing his growth problems. The outcome was that he is very healthy, produces an above average amount of testosterone and growth hormone and there is nothing to indicate why he isn't growing as he should be. 

He is not expected to reach 5ft and will probbaly be somewhere between 4ft and 5ft by the time he is 18. The advice I have been given by various doctors has been that nothing can be done and he will just have to learn to cope as he gets older. Which he has done brilliantly and despite his size he has reached all milestones either early or on time and is an intelligent boy. The problem we are facing at the moment is that although he is 6 he is essentially stuck in the body of a 3 year old and therefore he gets very tired. He is struggling to keep up at school because by the afternoon he is exhausted which is effecting his performance at school however because he has no additional learning needs he is not entitled to any extra help such as extra time with a teaching assistant etc. 

I am currently thinking about taking him out of school and educating him at home, with one to one time we would cover a full school day by lunchtime and we would be able to miss out the period in which he begins to struggle. He is also facing difficulties fitting in with the other children due to his size, he is in year 2 and the youngest in his class (August baby) and it's severely effecting his self esteem. 

I hate to see him struggling and being so unhappy. Does anyone have any advice for me either from experience or outside perspective?

Thank you in advance!
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult situation. Have you discussed these issues with your GP? Have you spoken to the school about your son's needs? If you feel that home schooling your son would be more beneficial than traditional schooling then go for it. As you've described it, traditional schooling might not fit his capabilities. You may find something helpful in the Education section of our useful links page. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.