University expert develops new national child growth charts

Published: 13 January 2010

World Health Organisation growth charts are officially launched by Scottish Government.

Growth charts designed by a university academic were officially launched today by the Scottish Government.

The World Health Organisation growth charts, developed for use throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, by Charlotte Wright, Professor of Community Child Health at Yorkhill Children's Hospital, replace existing charts and set breast-fed rather than bottle-fed babies' growth as norm.

Professor Wright, who led the Royal College of Paediatrics chart development team, said: "The new charts now tell us how all healthy children should grow and should provide helpful guidance and reassurance for parents. We had a lot of help from staff and parents in Scotland in designing the charts so it is good to see that now they will be in use throughout Scotland and further afield.

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First published: 13 January 2010

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