Kids Growth Chart (2-19 years)
You want to know if the body size and growth of your child is age appropriate? Procure for you in the growth tables of the World Health Organization review and compare the size and growth of your child with the standard values.
Examining the growth of children at U examinations
The pediatrician examined as part of the regular U-tests whether the growth of your child is the norm or permanently different. The current height are entered in a diagram in the yellow Memory books. For not only, but also the course of the size of development are important observations.
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Growth chart for children
Our growth charts are based as the tables in the Memory books on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and show that growth is normal for children of different ages. For information on how you can accurately read graphs and tables, you can find below in the article. The growth of boys and girls differs significantly over time and in absolute terms. Therefore, the growth development for boys and girls in other articles is again explained separately and displayed:
- Growth Chart for Girls (2 to 19 years)
- Growth Chart for Boys (2 to 19 years)
- Growth Chart for babies
Growth pattern Girls (2 to 5 years)
Growth chart for girls
Source: World Health Organization (2012)
Growth pattern boys (2 to 5 years)
Growth chart for boys
Source: World Health Organization (2012)
Percentiles: lane size and growth of children right?
So you can the percentiles and the associated lane values:
- 97th percentile: Only three percent of their peers are larger, 97 percent smaller than your child.
- 85th percentile: 15 percent of peers are larger, 85 percent smaller than your child.
- 50th percentile50 percent of the peers are larger and 50 percent smaller. So your child is in the exact center.
- 15th percentile: 85 percent of peers are larger, 15 percent smaller than your child.
- 3rd percentile: 97 percent of peers are larger, only 3 percent less than your child.
observe growth of the children in the long term
The growth of children settles to the second or third year in most cases, a percentile, a, along which then the growth is continued. So your child's growth may not reflect accurately the 50th percentile. However, it should not stray too far from the 50th percentile to. If there is, for example, under the 3rd percentile or above the 97th percentile, which is very far from the normal range. Delayed growth in children can be a symptom of a serious disease. It is also important that the size not too varies between the percentiles. If that's the case, it may be an indication of a "growth retardation". Such abnormalities you should always discuss with the pediatrician.
If the growth of children runs momentarily slower or faster than other children, which incidentally is harmless. That may be the case, for example, after a long illness and is quite normal. It only speaks of a growth disorder, if the growth of children runs abnormally over a period of at least six months.
What influences the growth of children?
The growth of children is stimulated by growth hormone somatropin. This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and distributed usually in their sleep. It controls both bone growth and muscle growth and is primarily responsible for the growth of children. But these factors affect the height of a child:
- The size of the parents
- The diet of the child
- amount of exercise
- How much sleep the child gets
- Damage caused by alcohol and cigarettes
Stages of growth in children
The growth of children can be divided into different phases. Most, however, a child grows before his birth in the womb. In these nine months, about one-third of the total growth of children takes place. After birth, there are three stages of growth of children:
- Baby Time (< 1 year)The growth of children is very strong in the first year. On average, children are growing up in that time from 20 to 25 centimeters. More to the growth of children in the first year you can find in our growth table for babies.
- 2 years of age until the beginning of pubertyThe growth of children slows down during this phase continues until it is about, settles in nine years at about four to five centimeters per year.
- pubertyIn puberty there is again a strong growth spurt, so that children up to twelve centimeters per year to grow. With the end of puberty, the growth of children has been completed.
Why adults do not grow?
Childhood bone can grow because they have so-called growth plates. These are cartilaginous ends of the bones. Once puberty coming to an end and enough sex hormones in the body are present, reduce these growth plates and eventually ossify. That's why adults are then "grown".
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