Making Sense of Growth Charts

Deciphering growth charts. Summer BBQ food poisoning. How to save $3K. Pinwheels recalled. Blame mom?

This week: Growth chart secrets and how to estimate your child’s future height, how to avoid food poisoning at the summer BBQ, how to save money (about $3,000+ bucks) by knowing when to skip the ER and go to the clinic for dehydration, and a safety recall on these little pinwheels.

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The Secret to Growth Charts

One of the most important parts of the well visit is the growth curves. A 10-second review of growth curves tells the pediatrician volumes of information. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll feel like an expert at interpreting growth curves as well.

The growth curves are the little graphs that tell you where your child stacks up size-wise compared to other kids the same age. Now, there are different graphs for boys vs. girls, and different graphs for different countries. It makes sense when you think about it; average kids in China are generally smaller than the average kids in the United States.

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