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Postnatal Growth

The curves in this section were made from a comprehensive study of ~2,300 affluent children in 7 cities in India (1). The study has the following tables:

  • Length and height
  • Weight
  • Velocity
  • Head, chest, and mid-arm circumference
  • Comparisons with children of other nationalities

At least 200 measurements were made for each parameter. Affluent children were chosen so that growth would be unaffected by socio-economic constraints. Because the paper has no curves, we have created them here using the data in the paper.



Head Circumference

Chest Circumference

Multiple Curves for Older Children and Adolescents

The curves below were prepared from three large studies of affluent children and adolescents living throughout India (1-3). They were kindly provided by Dr. Kailash Agarwal.

Size at Birth by Gestational Age

The curves in this section were made from data in a study of ~30,000 Indian neonates born at a large hospital in southern India between 1999 and 2009 (4). We were also fortunate to receive data from the authors of the paper.

Head Circumference

  1. 1. Agarwal DK & Agarwal KN (1993) Physical growth in Indian affluent children (birth - 6 years). Indian Pediatr 31(4):377-413. Full text from publisher.
  2. 2. Agarwal DK et al. (1992) Physical and sexual growth pattern of affluent Indian children from 5 to 18 years of age. Indian Pediatr 29(10): 1203-1282. Full text from publisher.
  3. 3. Agarwal KN et al. (2001) Physical growth assessment in adolescence. Indian Pediatr 38(11): 1217-1235. Full text from publisher.
  4. 4. Kandraju H et al. (2012) Gestational age-specific charts for anthropometry at birth for South Indian infants. Indian Pediatr 49(3): 199-202. Full text from publisher.

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