New Growth Charts Developed for US Children with Down Syndrome
[Source: Medical News Today]
CHOP researchers publish new CDC-funded resource for assessing growth and nutritional status.
Pediatric researchers have developed the first set of growth charts for U.S. children with Down syndrome since 1988. These new charts provide an important tool for pediatricians to evaluate growth milestones for children and adolescents with this condition. With these new charts, pediatricians will be able to compare each patient’s growth patterns with peers of the same age and sex who have Down syndrome.
“Growth is a good indicator of a child’s health and well-being, so it’s an essential part of the pediatric examination,” said study leader Babette S. Zemel, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition and Growth Laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). “Children with Down syndrome grow differently from other children, so it is important to have growth charts that reflect their unique growth pattern.”
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