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A growth chart is a graph used to track a child's growth and development over time. At each of your child's well-child visits, the doctor will measure:
These measurements are plotted on a graph according to your child's age and sex.
Growth charts show the consistency of your child's pattern of growth over time. It is important to remember that your child is likely to have growth spurts as well as periods of slow growth, even as a baby. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. For more information about growth charts, go to the website http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm.
Other Works Consulted
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). Use of World Health Organization and CDC growth charts for children aged 0–59 months in the United States. MMWR, 59(RR-9): 1–15. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5909.pdf. [Erratum in MMWR 59(36): 1184. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5936.pdf.]
Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineLouis Pellegrino MD - Developmental PediatricsSusan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Current as of:
December 12, 2018
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics & Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
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