Not sure what the various growth curves mean in your child’s health record? Would you like to know whether your child’s growth is within the normal range? Not sure how to enter their height and weight on the graphs provided?
Galipon can help by providing you with this little guide to help you understand and interpret your child’s growth curves. You will be able to gauge whether your child’s development is normal, and whether any concerns you may have are justified. Here at Galipon, we always try to put your child’s growth first, just as we do in our adaptable bedrooms that grow with your baby.
As your child develops, three types of data are important for measuring their growth and checking that they are growing normally:
Each of these types of data is shown on the growth curve.
Between birth and 18 months, your baby will often see the doctor; at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4, months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and 18 months.
How these three measurements (height, weight and head circumference) progress over time are registered on a growth curve in your child’s health record. This means that you can track the curve so you can compare your baby’s growth with the average growth of children at the same age.
Five curves are always shown on the graphs:
This means that you can inform your paediatrician if you notice an anomaly, meaning that you are forewarned of any health problems for your child.
As a general rule, a point that lies too far from the average curve in either direction may indicate a growth problem. In other words:
These situations are classed as extreme and harmful to the child’s health in certain cases. When interpreting your child’s growth diagrams, it is important to remember two very important factors.
It is vital to bear in mind that babies do not all grow and gain weight at the same pace. Here are a number of other factors that may explain any differences and help you understand them:
On average, however, babies double their weight from birth to around four months, and triple it by the time they are a year old.
Note: the aim is not to see how your child compares to the average, but to see how their growth progresses. It is important that their growth curve progression is in proportion to the average.
You should spend time analysing your child’s growth curve properly before raising concerns, but always feel free to visit your child’s doctor if there is anything you don’t understand.
Don’t be instantly alarmed if a growth problem appears on one of the diagrams.
To analyse a possible growth problem correctly, analysing all the child’s growth diagrams is essential.
We recommend that you pay particular attention to these two curves:
The second factor that it is important to consider is your child’s physical appearance. Trust your own judgement; if you don’t feel that your child’s appearance is out of the ordinary, you are probably right.
Here are the articles dealing with the various weight and height curves for your child:
Children who grow ‘normally’ have growth curves that progress roughly in parallel with the average curve.
To clarify, here are three situations that could mean that your child has a growth problem:
If your child falls into any of these categories, contact their doctor as soon as possible to agree what should be done.
Otherwise, you can be safe in the knowledge that everything is fine! Apply the techniques you have learnt for reading and understanding a growth diagram, and check for yourself. Nobody can understand a child’s needs better than their parents. Trust your own judgement!Tags :