General Tips about Nutrition
Assessment of child’s nutritional status
A child’s nutritional status can be assessed by assessing their growth using
Growth charts: Growth charts are a standard part of any checkup, and they show health care providers how kids are growing compared with other kids of the same age and gender. They also allow doctors and nurses to see the pattern of kids’ height and weight gain over time, and whether they’re developing proportionately. The growth chart is an extremely important method of screening children for malnutrition.
Boys and girls have different growth charts because they grow at different rates and differences in the onset of puberty.
Body Mass Index: Body Mass Index (BMI) is an important measurement used to determine whether your child is overweight, underweight, or at an ideal weight for his or her age.
The body mass index formula is easy to determine. It’s a simple calculation that takes into account your weight and height.
The weight categories for children are defined as follows: