(KUTV) – Right after your baby is born, their height, weight, and head circumference will be measured. They will again be measured a few weeks later and then again at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and so on. Their measurements will then be compared to growth charts.
We spoke to Dr. Melissa Kleshen, a pediatrician at the Intermountain Holladay Clinic. She says using these growth charts doctors can monitor your child's growth and development. "If you are in the 85th percentile, that means you are taller than 85% of kids. Or if your weight is greater than 85% of kids of your age and gender."
Doctors will also monitor a child's brain development by measuring the circumference of his or her head during each checkup. "We do worry about brain development. We want to make sure their brain is growing and over those first 2 years of life, their heads are growing quite substantially."
If your child is in the 20th percentile or 30th percentile, doctor Kleshen says there is no reason for parents to be alarmed. "What we really want is to watch a kid grow over time. So whether they are in the 30th percentile or in the 80th percentile, we want to make sure their growth is going along that curve."
For more information on the growth charts, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/
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