Growth assessment means physical examination and evaluation of the kids to know if they are growing at the correct pace. Assessing and monitoring the growth of a child tells us about the health and nutritional status of infants and children.
The primary aim for regular growth assessment of children is to identify and prevent malnutrition and obesity in children. Therefore, growth assessment is a key component of every pediatric examination.
The doctor measures the height, weight, and head circumference of the child and plots these measurements on reference charts to accurately interpret and evaluate the growth pattern.
Growth is a fundamental characteristic of childhood and its appropriate assessment and monitoring is the most important aspect of pediatrics and community child health. It is essential because:
Always be regular with your child’s routine check-up visits which always involve growth assessment by your pediatrician. These visits are not actually ‘routine’ or ‘casual’, but are very important to know about your child’s well-being and save them from many diseases and disorders.