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Slow growth - length-for-age-boys

  • Lachlan was born at 38 completed weeks of gestation weighing 2.6 kg and measuring 46.1 cm. He has attended all routine health visits and is reaching all developmental milestones. His weight and length measures are recorded in the table below. His parent s report that he is feeding and sleeping well however they have frequently expressed concern regarding Lachlan's small size. What is your assessment of his growth? What advice have you been giving to Lachlan's parents?

    Age

    Weight (kg)

    Length (cm)

    Birth

    2.6

    46.1

    1 month

    3.2

    50.9

    2 ½ months

    4.3

    56.1

    5 months

    5.9

    62.0

    7 months

    6.8

    65.0


    Case study questions and activities


    1. Plot Lachlan's growth Note: Born at 38 weeks gestation Lachlan is considered to have been born at term and his age does not require correcting when plotting his growth measurements.

  • Click on the chart to place a mark. Click the mark again to erase it, or click the "Clear all marks" link below to start again.

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