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Growth charts

Children have regular health checks during which their rate of growth is assessed. The weight and height (or, in a child under 2 years, length and head circumference), and the age, are plotted on charts with a shaded band to show the normal range of growth. There are different charts for boys and girls. Most children's measurements fall inside the band; if they fall outside, there may be a problem. You can also plot your child's growth yourself by measuring his or her height or, for babies, using measurements from the clinic.

Measuring your child's height

To measure your cl)ild, ask him or her to take off 1)is or her shoes and stand against a wall. Rest a flat object, such as a book, vertically on your child's head. Mark where the base meets the wall. Measure the distance from the mark to the floor.

Using the charts

Find your child's age on the bottom of the chart and follow a vertical line up, then find the height, head circumference, or weight on the left of the chart and follow a horizontal line across. Mark the point at which these lines cross. If you plot these points at regular intervals, the points will form a curve showing your child's growth.

The 2nd percentile line marks the lower limit of the normal range

The shaded band shows the normal range of growth

The vertical axis shows height, head circumference, or (as here) weight, in metric and imperial units

The horizontal axis shows the age - in this case, in months

The 50th percentile line marks the middle of the range ,

The 98th percentile line marks the upper limit of the normal range

The 50th percentile line marks the middle of the range ,

The 98th percentile line marks the upper limit of the normal range

The shaded band shows the normal range of growth

The horizontal axis shows the age - in this case, in months

Confident Kids

Confident Kids

Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.

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