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Each child will grow differently and rates of growth will vary depending on which part of childhood and development they are in. 

Appropriate growth is related to nutrition but is also dependent on genetics and physical activity. This means that a group of children that consume the same nutritional intake will all grow at different rates.

 

Growth does not just include weight, height is an important factor when assessing and monitoring a child. It is important for both weight and height to be in proportion. Abnormal proportions can indicative of under- or overweight children.  

 

We monitor growth in children using growth charts created by World Health Organisation and this can highlight any concerns regarding this.

Any parental concerns regarding growth should be discussed with a healthcare professional.