What is a growth chart?

Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 02:10 AM
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A growth chart is a graph used by health care providers to track your child’s growth pattern. A growth chart is started in your child’s medical record at birth. Doctors chart your child’s weight and length to determine risk or at risk for overweight or obese.

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Growth charts are a tool used for children birth to 18 years of age. The bmi chart is used for adults as an assessment tool. It’s important to look at and compare weight and height measurements to get a full picture of a child’s growth.

Growth charts allow doctors and nurses to compare your child’s height and weight gain with other kids of the same age and gender.

Children’s body fatness normally changes over the years and the body fatness is different in boys and girls. This is why experts at the Center of Disease Control (CDC) have developed BMI-for-age growth charts that are gender specific for children and teens 2-20 years old. The BMI-for-age gender specific charts contain a series of curved lines showing percentiles. http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/cdc_charts.htm

Health care professionals use percentiles to see if a child is:

Underweight——< 5th percentile

Overweight——–   85th  – <95th percentile

Obese————— >95th percentile


Use the following links to plot your child’s growth:

Children 2 to 20 years (5th-95th percentile) http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growth/growth_charts.html

Boys Stature-for-age and Weight-for-age

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Girls Stature-for-age and Weight-for-age

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