New Growth Charts for Children with Down Syndrome

Children with Down syndrome grow differently from other children. However, advances in medical care, access to care, and improved life expectancy suggest that contemporary growth patterns may have improved over recent decades. New growth charts for children with Down syndrome are included in a November 2015 Pediatrics study. This study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compares these new US growth charts with the older US growth charts for children with Down syndrome as well as with more recent charts from the United Kingdom. Pediatric health care providers can use these new charts to monitor growth among children with Down syndrome and assess how well the children are growing when compared to their peers with Down syndrome. The full article (open to the public), abstract, and a summary of key findings are now available.

Printable versions of the growth charts are now available on the CDC website.

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