GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME
GROWTH CHARTS
Growth charts are used to record the growth of children from
the age of two to
1 8
years. Recording of a child’s weight and
height are carried out as part of a routine health check. The
doctor or health visitor measures the child’s weight and height
and plots them against age on a chart. The growth curve is
compared with the typical range, represented by the shaded
area on the chart, for all children of the same age and gender.
BOYS’ WEIGHT (2-18
years)
Weight
lb
kg
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Age (years)
BOYS’ HEIGHT (2-18
years)
Height
in
cm
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Age (years)
Growth in boys
Normally, there is a steady increase in height and weight until the onset of
puberty. A sudden spurt in growth occurs during puberty (between the ages
of
13
and
16
). This chart was constructed using the height and weight of
thousands of children; it is used by doctors to checkwhether growth of a
particular boy is significantly above or below average.
The vertical axis on the charts show the weight, in kilograms
and pounds, and the height in centimetres and inches; the
horizontal axis shows the age range from two to
1 8
years.
About
9 8
per cent ofchildren fall below the line ofthe
9 8
th
percentile; the
5 0
th percentile is the average, and
5 0
per cent
fall below this line; only
2
per cent ofchildren fall below the
line ofthe
2
nd percentile.
GIRLS’ WEIGHT (2-18
years)
Weight
lb
kg
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Age (years)
GIRLS’ HEIGHT (2-18
years)
Height
in
cm
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Age (years)
Growth in girls
Normally, there is a steady increase in height and weight until the onset of
puberty. A sudden spurt in growth occurs during puberty (between the ages
of
11
and
14
). These chartswere constructed using the height and weight of
thousands of children; it is used by doctors to checkwhether growth of a
particular girl is significantly above or below average.
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