Commonly used standard growth charts include:

Growth charts help pediatricians figure out if children are growing and gaining weight well.

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  • In our example, you can see that a two year old boy who is 30 pounds is at the 75th percentile for his weight. What does that mean? It means that he weighs more than about 75% of boys his age. It also means that 25% of 2 year old boys weigh more than he does. Is that normal? Sure, if that is where he has always been on the growth charts.

    Finding your child's percentile is a little harder if a curve doesn't actually pass through the spot where your child's age and weight come together. For example, what would you do if the boy in our example actually weighed 31 pounds? You would use all of the same steps and would have to imagine a curve that is somewhere between the 75th and 90th percentiles and figure that he was at about the 80th-85th percentile.

    If your child is above the 95th or below the 5th percentile, then you will also not be able to find an exact percentile, except to say that he is above or below the growth chart.

    You can use the same steps to plot your child's height and body mass index.

    Here are some more examples (try them before looking at the answers below):

  • Finding your child's percentile is a little harder if a curve doesn't actually pass through the spot where your child's age and weight come together. For example, what would you do if the boy in our example actually weighed 31 pounds? You would use all of the same steps and would have to imagine a curve that is somewhere between the 75th and 90th percentiles and figure that he was at about the 80th-85th percentile.

    If your child is above the 95th or below the 5th percentile, then you will also not be able to find an exact percentile, except to say that he is above or below the growth chart.

    You can use the same steps to plot your child's height and body mass index.

    Here are some more examples (try them before looking at the answers below):

    It is also important to understand that the growth charts are best used to follow your child's growth over time or to find a pattern of his growth. Plotting your child's weight and height at different ages and seeing if he follows a growth curve is more important than where he is at any one time. Even if your child is at the 5th percentile for his weight, which means that 95% of kids his age weigh more than he does, if he has always been at the 5th percentile, then he is likely growing normally. It would be concerning and it might mean there was a problem with his growth if he had previously been at the 50th or 75th percentile and had now fallen down to the 5th percentile.

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  • CDC Weight-for-Length Growth Chart

    In our example, you can see that a two year old boy who is 30 pounds is at the 75th percentile for his weight. What does that mean? It means that he weighs more than about 75% of boys his age. It also means that 25% of 2 year old boys weigh more than he does. Is that normal? Sure, if that is where he has always been on the growth charts.

Pediatric Growth Charts | Medda

In 2000, the original National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) growth charts were replaced with growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The revised CDC growth charts include eight charts each for boys and girls, such as charts that follow a child's height, weight, head circumference, and at various ages.