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How do I read a growth chart?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics
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In brief: Like a map

The growth chart is read like a map.
When you look for a spot on the map, you need 2 reference points: the x axis (horizontal line at the bottom) and the y axis (vertical line on the left side of the page). So, find your child's age at the bottom, and follow it up till it coincides with the height on the left side of the page. That meeting point tells you where your child falls compared to others.

In brief: Like a map

The growth chart is read like a map.
When you look for a spot on the map, you need 2 reference points: the x axis (horizontal line at the bottom) and the y axis (vertical line on the left side of the page). So, find your child's age at the bottom, and follow it up till it coincides with the height on the left side of the page. That meeting point tells you where your child falls compared to others.
Dr. Michael Pappas
Dr. Michael Pappas
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Dr. Larry Deeb
Pediatrics

In brief: Growth evaluation

Growth curves for children chart lenght/stature, weight, head circumference and either weight for length or body mass index children tend to find a line on the growth curve and follow it.
One can look at the actual measurement and the age and plot the point. This should be done at each checkup. Your doctor will tell you how your child is progressing.

In brief: Growth evaluation

Growth curves for children chart lenght/stature, weight, head circumference and either weight for length or body mass index children tend to find a line on the growth curve and follow it.
One can look at the actual measurement and the age and plot the point. This should be done at each checkup. Your doctor will tell you how your child is progressing.
Dr. Larry Deeb
Dr. Larry Deeb
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics

In brief: Ask ped

It's quite easy to show a mom or dad how to read a growth chart in person-- but hard to just describe in a blurb here.
Next time you're at the ped, ask for a quick demo of your baby's growth chart.

In brief: Ask ped

It's quite easy to show a mom or dad how to read a growth chart in person-- but hard to just describe in a blurb here.
Next time you're at the ped, ask for a quick demo of your baby's growth chart.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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