Sunday, 19 February 2017

World Health Organization child growth standards

Do you know your child's height and weight?

When my kids were babies, we used to bring them into the pediatrician's office or the Klinik Kesihatan for their regular check-ups (head circumference, height and weight) but once they start primary school, who is charting their growth progress?

The Girl

This year, my daughter had to note down her height and weight for her science homework under the KSSR programme.

One thing I notice about my daughter (and previously son) is how much weight they'd lose once they start Year 1. Check out her height and weight measurements:

2016 - 6+ years old

- Height - 115 cm - 50th percentile for height - she's the shortest in her class of 25 kids
- Weight - 16.3 kg - lower 15th percentile for weight - 3.7 kg underweight. 50th percentile - 20 kg. 

2017 - 7+ years old

- Height - 118 cm - 50th percentile for height - she's the 2nd shortest in her class of 35 kids
- Weight - 19.5 kg - lower 15th percentile for weight - 3 kg underweight. 50th percentile - 22.5 kg. 

2018 - 8+ years old

- Height - 125 cm - 50th percentile for height - no longer the 2nd shortest in her class of 35 kids.
- Weight - 23 kg (just above the 15th percentile, which means she's about 2 kg underweight) - 25 kg - 50th percentile. 

The Boy

2018 - 12 years old

- Height - more than 150 cm (above the 50th percentile). He's gonna be taller than me soon ;)
- Weight - 41 kg - *no reference charts available beyond 10 years old

*Weight-for-age reference data are not available beyond age 10 because this indicator does not distinguish between height and body mass in an age period where many children are experiencing the pubertal growth spurt and may appear as having excess weight (by weight-for-age) when in fact they are just tall.

Growth reference charts:

She had been going to the clinic a couple of times for fevers and coughs. A nice GP pointed out that she's a bit on the skinny side and took her measurements.

Then, she explained to me that my baby girl is underweight.

As a busy working Mom, I do complain to Hubby that I miss the days when I was a housewife and could comfortably prepare healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for my kids because I do not like taking them to see the doctor.

The doctor's confirmation was a wake-up call and I decided to plan my time well to cook dinner 3 times a week.

I am also now ensuring that my little girl eats a good breakfast like the ones she used to have when she was a toddler:

She's such a super active girl that I believe she burns the calories off as soon as she consumes them!

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