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April 2015 • #98
A Note from the Medical Editor
As a parent, you probably measure your child’s growth in many ways – a yardstick, marks on a wall, a scale, pictures, and increases in clothing and shoe size increases. These are all great ways to see how your child has grown from one year to the next. 
In a similar way, pediatricians use a variety of measurment tools to get a full picture of a child’s growth (physical, social, and cognitive). Percentiles, for example, are one tool used to measure your child's height, weight, and head circumference. These are recorded on a growth chart at each well-child visit to make sure your child is growing at a healthy rate. 
In this newsletter, we focus on helping you understand your child’s growth patterns—both on the outside and the inside. 
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org
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