Stature & Weight-for-age chart generator for kids 0 to 20 years
Chart your childs height and weight online as in the example below

This is an example chart of the growth of a male child
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User name can be anything you like
If it is too simple people will be able to login to your data and change it
If you have more than one child then don't make the user name the childs name
Don't use family names (surnames, last names) Use your pets name if you like

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.

Stature for age (growth charts)

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.

How often should the child be measured?

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 (body mass index)

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.

Assessment of weight alone is not useful because it doesn't take into account the shape of a child. So I have included both graphs here. There have only been two studies on the harm or benefits of monitoring your child's height and weight and both of these studies revealed no benefits or harms. But these are only two studies and there needs to be more work done in this area. Be careful not to fall into the trap of trying to keep your child in the middle of the two lines. The chart should be used to see a trend so that one can anticipate future problems and improve healthy eating practice. It is no good to just take one measurement, it's the trend that is the indication of height or weight gain.

Links

  • world health organisation data and statistics
  • The WHO Child Growth Standards
  • Center for Disease and Prevention (USA)
  • BODY WEIGHTS AND HEIGHTS BY COUNTRIES
  • Australian stature for age charts
  • Some Tips from the Australian Victorian government
  • Raising Children Network: the Australian parenting website
  • Centile Charts and Assessing Growth uk
  • Eatwell website UK
  • BabyCenter
  • Height and Weight, Your Baby's Growth


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