How Many Bones Are in a Child's Skeleton?


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The skeleton of an infant is comprised of 300 bones. As a child's body grows, many of the bones in the skeleton fuse together until he is left with the 206 bones found in an adult skeleton.

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How Many Bones Are in a Child's Skeleton?
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An infant's skeleton contains more cartilage than bone. During the growth of a child, most of the cartilage found in the skeleton begins to turn into bone through a process known as ossification. Other bones fuse together in to form larger bones that have the greater strength and durability that are necessary to support the heavier weight of a fully grown adult body.

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