Assess

  • Assess the child’s height, weight and weight status
  • Ask about family lifestyle and behaviours

Body mass index (BMI)-for-age percentile chart for boys and girls

It’s not always easy to tell if a child is a healthy weight for their age and height.

Children and teenagers need to grow, but they are healthiest if they stay within a certain weight range as they grow. This is called a healthy weight for their age.

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Guide to accurately measuring the height of a child

Standing height measurement is appropriate for most children 2 years, and older.

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Guide to accurately measuring the length of a child

Length measurement is appropriate for most children under 2 years, and older if unable to stand.

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Child weight status calculator

It’s not always easy to tell if a child is a healthy weight for their age and height.

Children and teenagers need to grow, but they are healthiest if they stay within a certain weight range as they grow. This is called a healthy weight for their age.

Visit the calculator

Assessment flow chart

For weight assessment and management in children above a healthy weight
Information is relevant for all clinicians providing care for children 2–17 years old.

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NSW Health Guideline – Growth Assessment in Children (2017)

This document describes a standardised approach to measuring weight and height in children and adults, and to measuring length and head circumference in infants. This document also describes interpreting and recording these measurements as part of assessing weight status.

Standardised measurement and interpretation of weight, height, and weight status will improve the accuracy and usefulness of measurements over time and across facilities, and support clinical decision-making.

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