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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 www.cdc.gov/growthcharts.
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:
September 6, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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