Physical growth charts - Birth to 36 months

Parentree-editors 2008-08-15 01:27:28

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics has worked with researchers to publish growth charts for children up to the age of 36 months.  The charts are for weight, height and head circumference. There are separate charts for boys and girls.

Dynamic growth charting added to Parentree

To make it easier for parents to monitor the growth of their children, Parentree has introduced growth tracking charts where you can enter your child's height and weight measurements and have them displayed online on Indian Academy of Pediatrics growth charts. We have taken the paper-based growth charts below and made them dynamic charts that can be accessed with your computer.

To use these dynamic charts, go to

Baby growth chart (0 to 36 mos)

Boys and girls child growth chart (0 to 18 yrs)

Parentree members can also store these dynamic charts on Parentree (with full privacy). You can periodically come back and add your child's measurements as he/she grows. At the click of a button, you can view your child's growth history. This will make it much easier for parents to ensure that your child's growth is on track. You can easily print these charts also.

If you are a member of Parentree, just go to the My Kids link on your My Menu bar and add your child's measurements. If you are not a member, we urge you to become one so you also use this service.

Boys physical growth chart (Birth to 36 months)

Download Indian Baby Boys (0 to 3 years) growth chart in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Indian Baby Boys Growth Chart 0 to 3 years

(Source & Permission given by Dr. Kailash N. Agarwal)

Girls physical growth chart (Birth to 36 months)

Download Indian Baby Girls (0 to 3 years) growth chart in Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Indian Baby Girls Growth Charts 0 to 3 years

(Source & Permission given by Dr. Kailash N. Agarwal)

 

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What do the lines and colors mean?

For each measurement, the chart has 5 lines. The line on top represents the 97th percentile. The lines below represent the 75th, 50th and 25th percentile. The line at the bottom represents the 3rd percentile. See chart below that shows this.

What do the percentiles mean?

The line for 97th percentile means that 97% of children at that age will have a physical measurement below the line. The line for 75th percentile means that 75% of children have a physical measurement below that line. And so on.

Indian baby growth charts - Interpretation guide

For example, in the chart below, a parent has measured the height of their son and marked it on the chart.  The mark shows that their son is taller than 75% of the children at that age, but is shorter than the tallest 3% of children. So if a 100 children were asked to stand in line in order of increasing height (shortest being No 1 and tallest being No 100), this child would be somewhere between 75th to 97th in that line.

Indian baby growth charts - Interpretation guide

Remember that the charts are not linear and you cannot pinpoint an exact percentile for your child. In this example, even though the mark seems to be in the middle between the 75th and 97th percentiles, it does not mean the child is therefore at the 86th percentile (ie., midway between 75 and 97).

These charts are only for your reference. Do not take any actions, based on your interpretation of these charts. If you have any concerns about your child, discuss them with your paediatrician. You should rely on your paediatrician to monitor the percentile trends over time and recommend appropriate measures if any.

References

1. "IAP Growth Monitoring Guidelines for Children from Birth to 18 Years", V. V Khadilkar et al, Indian Pediatrics, March 2007

2. Charts provided by Dr. Kailash N. Agarwal, Healthcare & Research Association for Adolescents, D-115, Sector 36, NOIDA, UP 201 301


 

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