It is not always easy to tell if your child is growing well. Children and teenagers will all develop differently and will grow at different rates. It is important that we regularly check their growth as the way a child grows tells us a lot about their health.
How can a growth assessment help?
Growth assessments help health professionals see if your child is growing as expected. It is important that a health professional regularly measures your child’s height and weight and records this on a growth chart. This will help them compare your child’s growth with other children of the same age and gender. By regularly performing growth assessments, a health care professional can better understand your child’s individual growth patterns.
All health professionals perform growth assessments as a routine part of care. For example, if your child comes to see one of our doctors, community nurse, speech or occupational therapists, their height and weight will be measured and assessed during the appointment.
The growth assessment results will be recorded in your child’s Blue Book (My Personal Health Record). This helps us to see how your child's is growing well.
If you are concerned about your child’s growth, please speak to your health professional or GP.
For further information on accessing services to help with your child’s development, safety and well-being of your child, please visit the Child and Family Health website.
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