Growth charts help you and your pediatrician follow your child as he grows. Here you’ll find out more about what growth charts are and where to find them.
Pediatricians use growth charts to track a child's physical development over time. At each checkup, the doctor or nurse will measure your child's weight, height, and head size, and then compare it to a chart that shows the average for children of the same age and gender. Using percentiles, your pediatrician will tell you how your child compares to other children in the same developmental stage.
Every child is different and will grow at his or her own pace. It’s important for your child's growth curve to continue to go up or stabilize — and not drop too much.
Click here for growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)