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New UK-WHO Growth Charts – birth to 4 years

The new UK-WHO growth charts for children aged 0-4 years were launched recently at the NBAW conference on 11th May 2009 and have been introduced for the first time in England. The charts, which have been developed for the Department of Health by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health will replace current UK 1990 charts for this age group, as they are based on predominately formula fed babies. The new charts are based on infants who have been breastfed for at least 4 months and provide standards for assessing growth of all infants and help to establish exclusive breastfeeding as the norm for about the first 6 months of life. A new leaflet, Using the new UK-World Health Organization 0-4 years growth charts, is also available to support healthcare professionals who use the charts.

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