Is Your Child Growing Normally? Here's How Your Doctor Can Tell! by Dr. Bridget Boyd

Kids' Health
6 years ago
Is Your Child Growing Normally? Here's How Your Doctor Can Tell!

Physicians use growth curves to help determine if a child is growing "normally." On average, a child grows 5 to 7 centimeters a year. Usually after infancy, children follow a certain growth curve. If they do not follow their curve, an assessment needs to be done to evaluate if there is an underlying problem. 

If growth is delayed or accelerated, a pediatrician can do an evaluation to see if this is something that runs in the family, if a child is small for his or her age but growing normally, or if there's another underlying reason that needs further medical care.

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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