CDC’s WHO Growth Chart Training is Now Available
CDC has created an online training course for health care providers and others who measure and assess growth of infants and young children. The course, Using the World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Charts to Assess Growth with Children less than 2 Years of Age in the U.S., takes 45 minutes to complete and has seven sections, including:
- Recommendations and Rationale
- Breastfeeding as the Norm for Infant Feeding
- Using the WHO Growth Standard Charts
- Case Examples
- Self-assessment questions are included in each section.
Background: In April 2006, the WHO released a new international growth standard for infants and young children ages birth to 5 years of age. The standard shows how infants and children should grow. The CDC now recommends that health care providers in primary care settings use:
The WHO growth standard charts for children aged birth to less than 2 years regardless of type of feeding, to monitor growth in the U.S.
Growth Charts - WHO Child Growth Standards
The 2000 CDC growth reference charts for children aged 2 up to 20 years to monitor growth in the U.S.
Growth Charts - 2000 CDC Growth Charts - United States
The recommendation for children less than 2 years of age is based in part on the recognition that breastfeeding is the recommended standard for infant feeding. In the WHO charts, the growth of the healthy breastfed infant is intended to be the standard against which the growth of all other infants is compared.
For additional information:
- Use of World Health Organization and CDC Growth Charts for Children Aged 0--59 Months in the United States Use of World Health Organization and CDC Growth Charts for Children Aged 0--59 Months in the United States
- WHO Growth Charts
- Growth Charts - WHO Child Growth Standards
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Using the WHO Growth Charts to Assess Growth in the United States Among Children Ages Birth to 2 Years
For more information, see About This Course.
The WHO growth charts are available at http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/who_charts.htm
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