Your child’s growth, how and when…
The way a child grows tells us a great deal about that child’s health. If a child is having problems with health or nutrition, growth is often affected.
Your child may be taller or shorter, heavier or lighter than other children of the same age. But changes in height and weight tend to follow a regular pattern. That is why we measure weight and height. For babies, we measure their body length when they are lying down. Once toddlers can stand still, we measure their standing height at around two years old. For babies and toddlers, we also measure the size of their head, known as head circumference.
It is best if children have their weight and height measured regularly to see how they grow over time. Then we can compare the child’s growth with other children of the same age and sex. If we measure a child just once, it only tells us how big the child is at that particular time.
If possible, have your child weighed and measured:
- within one to two weeks of birth;
- at one, two, four, six, nine, 12, 18 and 24 months
- Then after that, once yearly, although it’s likely your physician will check at each appointment they have, which may be more than once per year.
If you have concerns about your child’s growth please discuss with your physician.