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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.]
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental PediatricsSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofMarch 28, 2018
Current as of:
March 28, 2018
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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