How often should the size of children be measured?

Weight should be measured and recorded every month for the first year of life, as young children grow fast.

  • Children should be weighed every 6 months between 1 and 5 years.
  • Height should be measured every year.
  • Head circumference is not routinely measured unless there is a good reason.

In addition, a child’s weight should also be measured and recorded every time the child is seen at a clinic, hospital or by a general practitioner.

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