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The best indicator of poor growth in children is weight and /or length tracking downwards on percentiles on the weight and / or length for age growth charts.
Other popular, but less reliable definitions in the past included:'weight dropping percentile lines on weight for age growth chart''weight and length are more than 2 percentile lines apart on the weight and length for age growth charts''weight or length for age below the 3rd percentile'
Refer to GP or Paediatrician for assessment of poor growth
Assessment and monitoring of a child with poor weight gain requires:
Key message:Infant feeding and growth can be highly emotive aspects of parenting. Child health practitioners should avoid generating unnecessary anxiety and guilt about infant weight gain. A partnership approach is recommended.