The following was adapted from the collaborative public policy statement on "Promoting Optimal Monitoring Of Child Growth In Canada." Please see the full statement for the full recommendations from the Dieticians of Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Community Health Nurses of Canada.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Charts are accepted as the gold standard for tracking the optimal growth of infants, children and adolescents. The Canadian Pediatric Society and many other professional bodies recommend the use of these growth charts for all children with few exceptions. The WHO Growth Charts for Canada have been adapted for ease of use and can be found at the following link:
Background: Originally released in 2006 and 2007, these charts are based on a large body of evidence. For children from birth to age 5, the data is based off a large sample of children in six different countries which measured the growth of children with optimal socioeconomic and environmental conditions, who were primarily breastfed. Interestingly the data showed that given favourable conditions for growth, there was markedly little variance in growth between countries, suggesting that these charts can be applied to children from any ethnic group. For children aged 5 to 19 years, the WHO updated previous data in light of the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity to construct charts based on healthy growth, and not simply the average size of the population. For these reasons, the WHO growth charts are now preferred over previous growth charts from the CDC.
Last updated by PedsCases: January 4, 2015