Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/216100
Title: Growth Assessment and Monitoring during Childhood
Authors: Yap, Fabian 
Lee, Yung Seng 
Aw, Marion Margaret HY 
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Body mass index
Child
Height
Weight
HEIGHT
GUIDELINES
OVERWEIGHT
PROMOTION
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2018
Publisher: ACAD MEDICINE SINGAPORE
Citation: Yap, Fabian, Lee, Yung Seng, Aw, Marion Margaret HY (2018-04-01). Growth Assessment and Monitoring during Childhood. ANNALS ACADEMY OF MEDICINE SINGAPORE 47 (4) : 149-155. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Growth is an indicator of the health and nutritional status of infants and children. Health organisations and professionals worldwide advocate monitoring the growth of children with the primary aim of identifying and preventing malnutrition and/or obesity. Growth monitoring should be part of every health care consultation for children. However, physicians during health care consultations are often so busy addressing acute health issues, that they miss the opportunity to monitor the child's growth and provide anticipatory guidance. Appropriate growth monitoring would enable health care providers to detect abnormal growth in a timely manner, as well as to reassure parents if their concerns are unfounded. To perform this effectively, physicians need to be familiar with measurement methods, use of appropriate growth charts and interpretation of results. As weight, height and growth rates may vary among children, physicians also need to understand what constitutes normal growth. This paper aims to clarify the purpose of growth monitoring and provide recommendations for physicians to assess, monitor and manage growth in infants and children in a primary care setting.
Source Title: ANNALS ACADEMY OF MEDICINE SINGAPORE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/216100
ISSN: 03044602
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