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June 1938

GROWTH NORMS FROM BIRTH TO THE AGE OF FIVE YEARS: A STUDY OF CHILDREN REARED WITH OPTIMAL PEDIATRIC AND HOME CARE

Author Affiliations

PORT CHESTER, N. Y.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(6):1233-1247. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980120095008
Abstract

Height-weight norms for boys and girls are presented here to meet a need long felt by many pediatricians, who have found most charts of growth norms for children up to 5 years of age unsatisfactory on two counts. In the first place, norms such as those of Woodbury1 and of Baldwin and Wood2 have appeared to be too low for children reared with optimal (or at least above the average for the population) pediatric and home care. In the second place, for such children there has been lacking an adequate set of norms of weights for varying heights at given months of age through the first 5 years of life.

We shall present (1) a description of the type of pediatric care given the boys and girls whose height-weight measurements were used; (2) a description of the type of feeding; (3) a statistical summary of the sample of

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