What other growth patterns are common?

  • Large-for-age
  • Overweight-for-age
  • Wasted
  • Growth faltering
  • Stunted

These growth patterns indicate that the child may have a medical, nutritional or social problem. It is, therefore, very important that all children who do not have a normal growth pattern are identified as soon as possible in order that they can be carefully examined. Some of these children will be healthy even if their growth pattern differs from the average.

It is important to identify children who have a growth pattern that differs from the average growth pattern.

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