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Children's growth is an important marker of their health and development. Growth assessment is one of the easiest ways to confirm the health and nutrition of children, because changes in health and nutrition almost always affect growth.
It is important to remember that growth charts are not a diagnostic tool, but rather contribute to forming an overall clinical impression for the child being measured. Growth assessment involves measuring of weight, length or height (and in infants their head circumference) followed by accurate plotting on a growth chart.
Ms Kay Gibbons, of the Royal Children's Hospital and Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia, introduces the child growth website and training resources for health professionals to use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts for all infants 0 - 2 years of age in Australia. (The Northern Territory and Western Australia are continuing with WHO growth charts beyond this age).
Growth assessment is quick and easy. It provides valuable information about the general health and wellbeing of a child.