Child Growth Charts

Child growth charts

What Is Child Growth?

Children's growth usually follows a typical pattern; their genes and environment influence it greatly. The growth can be described as the physical development of a child from birth to adolescence. It includes :

1) Physical and cognitive growth that helps shape the child into a functioning adult. 

2) It includes changes in size, such as height, weight, and head circumference.

3) It also includes normal development within different bodily systems, such as the nervous system. 

Child Growth Charts

Child growth charts are a helpful tool used to:


  1. monitor children's growth over time.

  2.  These graphs plot out a child's average height and weight throughout their development and display how average children usually grow. 

  3. They show how a child's measurements are compared to other children of the same age and gender.

It is essential to understand that growth charts provide an estimate of normal growth rather than an exact measurement, and it can change from time to time. 

Comparing Different Types of Child Growth Charts

When tracking your child's growth progress, it's essential to understand the different types of charts available. Here'sHere's a quick run-down:

Growth Charts

Healthcare professionals use growth charts to track a child's height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) compared to children of the same age and gender. These charts can help healthcare professionals detect any childhood growth disorders or delays.

CDC Growth Charts

CDC growth charts are the official charts for tracking children's growth in the United States. These charts are based on data collected from thousands of children enrolled in national health studies and are updated every two years.

WHO Growth Charts

WHO growth charts measure the height and weight of children between the ages of 5 and 19. Unlike CDC growth charts based on U.S.-based data, these charts use data from around 200 countries to provide an international average percentile chart for comparison.

Using one or more of these growth chart types, you can compare your child's current stats against similar peers, seeing where they stand on the appropriate chart for their age range and sex (male/female). 

Taking Action 

Once you understand child growth charts, it may be necessary to take action if you observe that your child is in a lower percentile. This does not mean that something is wrong or bad; it simply means that your child's growth may need to be managed better. Here are some things to consider:

Medical Evaluation

  • If you notice that your child is in the lower percentile of a growth chart, it's vital to discuss this with your healthcare provider. They may order tests to check for conditions like hypothyroidism or recommend dietary changes or other preventative measures.

Track Changes Over Time

  • Tracking your child's growth and looking for patterns in the data is also essential. You can do this with regular visits and monitoring their growth on the chart at each visit. 

Dietary Changes

  • If needed, dietary changes can be an effective way to manage a lower percentile of growth. This could include adding more calories or certain macro- and micronutrients into their diet, like protein, calcium, iron and zinc, as a healthcare provider advises. Consider including nutrient-dense foods such as lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 

Child growth charts are a valuable tool for measuring and understanding growth and health. However, it's crucial to remember that growth charts are only one piece of the puzzle. Growth charts provide a way to measure and monitor  growth though other factors such as nutrition, genetics, and lifestyle habits also significantly affect it. 


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