Boy, 5kg weight, 6 weeks of age
Use the weight-for-age growth chart and plot the points as outlined above
Use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts in the link below, or WHO-based local country growth charts, which may be obtained online from your country’s local health department.
Choose the appropriate chart for your child based on their age and gender:
Note: For home growth measurements, it is best to focus on 2 categories of charts:
Weight-for-age and Height-for-age
Find the age on your child’s growth chart first (this will be on the x-axis/the line at the bottom of the chart) and use a ruler to help guide you to plotting the weight/length/height (on the y-axis/the line on the left hand side on the chart) that correspond to the child’s measurements. Please see the example below.
Note: It is important to establish your child’s age in weeks accurately. It is easier to use an online age calculator to obtain the exact age in weeks for a young baby, to ensure that the plotting of growth is as accurate as possible.
|Growth trend||Action||Examples below|
|Child is growing well in weight for age, following the same line||Your child is growing well. Continue to measure growth and observe for any different trend that may develop||Example 1|
|Child is dropping 1 or more z-score(s) in weight for age (crossing from 1 z-score line to the line below)||Closely monitor and contact your HCP||Example 2|
|A child that is gaining weight and is going up 1 or more z-score(s) (crossing from 1 z-score line to the line above)||Closely monitor and contact your HCP||Example 3|
|A child is growing between z-score lines, but has not yet changed z-score||Closely monitor and contact your HCP if you are concerned||Example 4|
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