Growth Charts are one of the most powerful tools you can use to determine if your child is growing properly. There are many different types of growth charts. Please read this page carefully so that you are using the proper chart for your child.
Measuring Your Child at Home
Follow these instructions to properly measure your child:
Get a hard book and a pencil
Go to a room with a hard floor (no carpet) and a flat wall.
Stand your child against the wall
Make sure to remove socks, shoes and bulky items (hair bows, coats, jackets)
Arms should be by their side.
Face head straight ahead, not tilted up nor down.
Heels should be touching the wall.
Feet flat, not standing on their toes!
Place the book on their head
Make sure that the side of the book touching the wall is completely flat against the wall-not tilted at all.
Check one more time that the feet are flat on the floor
Mark the wall where your child’s head meets the book.
Ask your child to step away. This is important because you really need to measure the exact distance from the floor to that mark
Write down the exact distance from the floor to the mark on the wall.
Repeat this process to confirm that you have measured your child properly. Continue to repeat until your measurements are very close together.
After you get the height measurement, click to proceed to Growth Charts page to reach our to download printable charts.
General Growth Charts
These are the most common Growth Charts used in medical offices. These charts start at -2 Standard Deviations (smaller kids).
Boy's Age 2-20 Growth Chart
Use this chart to track your boy's growth between the age of two years old and adulthood.
Girl's Age 2-20 Growth Chart
Use this chart to track your girls's growth between the age of two years old and adulthood.
Other Specialty Growth Charts
Many of the charts linked below are VERY rare charts and are not generally used. If you find a resource not listed, please let us know. Email ContactUs@magicfoundation.org. Thank you! These are provided as a informational sources only. Always consult medical professionals.
Growth Charts for Breastfed Babies
African American Boys-ages 2 to 18, height & weight || Girls ages 2 to 18, height & weight
Caucasian Boys-ages 2-18 height weight || Girls ages 2-18, height weight
Cerebral Palsy- Boys and Girls download files
Down Syndrome Growth Charts ages 1- 36 months download Girls and Boys
Hispanic/Mexican-American Boys ages 2-18 weight & height || Girls ages 2-18 weight & height
Turner Syndrome for Girls download
Vietnamese Children Babies (Weight, 0-36 months) || Children, (Weight, 0-60 months)
Largest resource of growth charts from the CDC.
Russell-Silver Syndrome Growth Charts
RSS Girls Ages 0 to 5 years
RSS Girls Ages 2-16
RSS Boys (German)
RSS Girls (German)
RSS Boys Ages 0-5
RSS Boys Ages 2-18
-2 Standard Deviations Girls ages 2-18
-2 Standard Deviations Boys ages 2-18
IMPORTANT NOTE: These charts are extraordinarily rare. They are in use by top specialists throughout the world. Some are in German available (as you will see) only in the German language. We scanned copies to provide them for you. The quality of these charts is not the best. -You can click on the links to the left of this page under Downloads to see the files as clear as we could get them to date. They are pdf files and you will need software such as Acrobat Reader, Photoshop or other similar software loaded on your computer to view these files.
Russell-Silver / SGA Growth Curves
Plotting tools on the Russell-Silver Syndrome Growth Charts are based on the Center for Disease Control federally authorized growth charts designed by Ernest M. Post, M.D. Russell-Silver Syndrome stature curves were added by MAGIC and are an approximation based on data from the Wollman et al study "Growth & Symptoms in S-RS: A Review of the Basics of 386 Patients", Euro Jrl of Pediatrics, 1985. NOTE: European name: Silver-Russell Syndrome.
Below there are links to 4 excel spreadsheets. They will help you track height, weight and head circumference of RSS / SGA children. (Parts of these workbooks are protected against accidental changes. If you are ever asked for a password, use the word, "hormones".)
HOW TO ADD YOUR CHILD'S INFORMATION
1. Clicking the "Patient Data" tab at the bottom
2. Enter information in all of the grey cells. Information must be in centimeters and kilograms not pounds and inches. Use this online program to convert your numbers. Excel will plot it for you.
DIRECTIONS FOR READING YOUR CHILD'S GROWTH CURVES
Simply click the tabs at the bottom of the screen (e.g., "GraphBoysWeight")
DIRECTIONS FOR PRINTING GRAPHS
1. Go to the desired worksheet. Choose File/Print Preview.
2. If the graph does not fill most of the page, Close the Preview and "Select" the graph by clicking on its edge.
3. The charts are not WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). To see what you'll be printing choose File/Print Preview. Keep in mind that the English scales are not precise because of the WYSIWYG problem and due to variations among printers.
4. If you need to change the printing margins, be sure to check the alignment of the English scales.
DIRECTIONS FOR EDITING THE CHARTS
Note: An English scale is available using a second "chart" that is "grouped" with the main chart.
1. To make changes you must remove the "Protection" by choosing Tools/Protection. When asked for the password, enter "Hormones".
2. Before starting your edits "Ungroup" the chart from the table. To do this:
Right click on the top border of the chart. Choose Grouping and Ungroup
Click somewhere off to the side of the charts
Click on the top or left border of the chart
3. Click on the chart feature you want to change. Sometimes a right click is needed. (To change the name already in the program, click on it and press Delete.)
4. To make the chart(s) printable again, you will need to regroup. To do this:
Click off to the side (anyplace)
Click just to the right of the English scale
Hold the shift key and click on the top border of the chart
Right click in the same place and choose Grouping then Regroup
5. It's a good idea to restore the Protection by choosing Tools/Protection.
1. RSS/SGA Boys ages 0-36 months
2. RSS/SGA boys ages 2-20 years
3. RSS/SGA Girls ages 0-36 months
4. RSS/SGA girls ages 2-20 years
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If you are not familiar with getting accurate measurements or growth charts, we STRONGLY suggest you read the at home instructions