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Increasing weight - weight-for-age-girls

  • Phoebe was born at term weighing 3.4 kg and measuring 49.5 cm. She is now 2 ½ years old and has been attending your clinic regularly for monitoring of her health and development. She has reached all developmental milestones as expected. Her weight and length measurements are shown in the table below. What concerns might you have regarding Phoebe's growth?

    Age

    Weight (kg)

    Length(cm)

    Birth

    3.40

    49.5

    1 month

    4.30

    54.0

    3 months

    6.00

    59.5

    5.5 months

    7.25

    64.5

    9 months

    8.70

    70.0

    12 months

    9.80

    74.2

    18 months

    12.2

    82.0

    24 months

    14.3

    88.5

    Age

    Weight(kg)

    Height/Stature (cm)

    BMI (kg/m2)

    2 ½ years

    15.5

    93.0

    17.9

    Case study questions and activities

    1. Plot Phoebe's growth. What growth charts do you use to plot Phoebe's weight and length measurements on?

    The WHO weight-for-age and length-for-age charts are used from birth to 2 years of age. After 2 years of age the CDC charts can be used. At this age height rather than length should be measured. CDC BMI charts can also be used from 2 years of age.

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