UK-WHO growth chart FAQs
Frequently asked questions about the UK-WHO growth charts.
On this page:
- How are the new growth charts different?
- When are they used?
- How do I correctly use them?
- How can I find high-resolution images of the charts?
- How can I order hard copies?
- How can I order electronic copies of the charts?
- How can I download the source data?
- Additional information - infants
Previous UK growth charts were based on data from studies on breast and formula fed children, so did not reflect normal weight fluctuations of breast fed children in the first few weeks.
The new charts are based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Child Growth Standards, which describe the optimal growth for healthy, breast fed children.
The charts include clear instructions on how to measure, plot and interpret the chart. The features include an adult height predictor, a BMI (Body Mass Index) converter and guidance on gestational age correction.
The UK-WHO growth charts should be used for all new births and referrals in England from May 2009 and in Scotland from January 2010.
The existing UK90 growth charts can continue to be used for children born before these dates and for children over the age of four.
We have produced a suite of educational materials, including presentations and videos, for both healthcare professionals and parents/carers - find out more.
If you wish to download high-resolution copies of the growth charts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The College does not send hard copies. These can be ordered via email@example.com
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on electronic growth charts
If you would like the data, please contact the Medical Research Council
Additional information about infants
If you have any comments or queries, please email us on email@example.com