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Growth Charts, Use and Abuse

  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Inappropriate use of growth charts can cause familiar anxiety, unnecessary supplementation, early weaning, unnecessary testing and force-feeding. With half of the population below the mean, at least a 3% of the average weight of people are (and have to be) under the third percentile. Percentile lines are mathematical constructions, and do not represent the actual growth patterns of individual babies.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Discuss the variability of child growth;

Objective 2: Explain the use of the less used charts: growth velocity, weight for height, BMI;

Objective 3: Describe the usual pitfalls in growth assessment.

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