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Should I worry that my baby is not always at the same percentile on the growth chart?

Should I worry that my baby is not always at the same percentile on the growth chart?

Not sure: The way babies are measured in their pcp's office can be a problem sometimes particularly if the "paper and pencil" method is used. Babies squirm and this method is highly inaccurate. An infantometer is the gold standard for measuring a baby's length. ...Read more

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Dr. Rodolfo Saca
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Growth Chart (Definition)

A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the ...Read more


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My baby weighs 9 lbs 6 oz at two weeks old what percentile is this on the growth chart ?

My baby weighs 9 lbs 6 oz at two weeks old what percentile is this on the growth chart ?

Full term?: If your baby was full term, this places him close to the 75% tile. What is important is his weight gain from birth. It takes more than 1 point on the curve to insure he is gaining weight. All the best. ...Read more

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My 4 year old is not on growth chart he was born 6 lb but 2 week later drop below 5 percentile and never recover. Should I be concern?

Growth chart is it!: To many factors to consider, but growth potential (parental height), nutrition and underlying illnesses (ie. Heart, metabolic, gastrointestinal, genetic, etc) may play a role. Talk with your doctor and ask to see the growth chart. In it is the key to being reassured or finding reason for further work up. ...Read more

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How do I read a growth chart?

How do I read a growth chart?

Follow trends: Growth charts are based on normal ranges and patterns of growth. Generally, kids follow a line in the height, weight, or head circumference charts, but there's a lot of variability and sometimes "crossing" of growth lines. One number by itself means far less than trends. Anything too high or low - above or below the group of lines - may or may not indicate a problem, but deserves a look. ...Read more

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How I can read a growth chart?

Growth chart: Height plotted as a function of age as well as weight. The charts have lines indicating what"percentile" a child is in. 50%tile means half those his/her age is taller/heavier and half shorter/lighter. ...Read more

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Is a growth chart always correct?

Is a growth chart always correct?

Correct Measurement?: Exellent question! the problem isn't the growth chart, it is the quality of the measurement plotted onto the growth chart. When a point on a growth chart doesn't seem right, the measurement should be taken again. It is so easy to make measurement mistakes in length and height depending on how the measurement is taken and whether the child is moving around. Remember to take the shoes off! ...Read more

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How do growth chart percentiles work?

How do growth chart percentiles work?

Identify PATTERNS: Growth charts allow us to determine whether the trend or pattern of a child's growth is healthy. This is crucial, because individual measurements may be +/-, due to squirming babies or slightly different measuring techniques. While it's tempting to focus on individual measurements, this often creates undo anxiety. The big picture--over time--is usually what matters most. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: growth chart?

What is the definition or description of: growth chart?

See below: A growth chart is used by pediatricians to follow a child's growth over time. Growth charts have been constructed by observing the growth of large numbers of normal children over time. The height, weight, and head circumference of a child can be compared to the expected parameters of children of the same age and sex to determine whether the child is growing appropriately. ...Read more