A growth chart is a graph used to track a child's growth
and development over time. At each of your child's routine checkups, the
doctor or public health nurse 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 Dietitians of Canada webpage Is My Child Growing Well? at www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Toddlers-and-School-Age/Child-growing-well.aspx.
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 - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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