Your data is held forever in a database so you can come back any time through your child's growth
The growth of your child is a good indication of the overall health of your child. All children grow at different rates though and one shouldn't get too worried about being under the 10% line up to the age of 12. I, for instance, was below the line up until I was 12 and then I shot up to 185cm by the age of 17. As nutrition improves around the world the differences between racial groups is lessoning. Mean birth weights in China and Vietnam are now the same as in developed countries. Genetic differences appear to be less important than nutritional status in determining growth rates and ultimate body size. There is more difference between children from well-nourished higher socio-economic groups and disadvantaged children within the same country than there is between the higher socioeconomic groups in different countries.
are a graphic representation of the body measurements that aid in the assessment of body size and shape, and in the observations of trends in growth performance.The little lump in the curves is the result of the way the measurements are taken. From two years onwards, the child is measured standing upright whilst before then, the child is recumbent. Health has a major affect on your growth. Ethnic differences are minor. Growth assessment is the single most useful tool for defining health and nutritional status in children. Weight and height reflect the size of a child.
It is reasonable to measure your child every 6 months for children over two and children under two should be measured at birth, 1st month, 2nd month, 4th, 6th, 9th,12th,18th and 24th. In case there is any abnormality, the measurements should be more frequent and done by a GP. The world health organisation is working on a set of charts for everyone.
BMI for age is now recommended for screening overweight children. It is strongly associated with clinical risk factors for disease associated with overweight. BMI is significantly correlated with direct measures of body fat as well as subcutaneous measurements. The use of BMI before 24 months is not recommended and therefor I have not included this data.