The UK NSC recommendation on Growth screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2013/14
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The Child Health Sub-Group of the UK NSC reported to the UK NSC in December 1999. They recommended a number of actions including "children should have their height and weight measured at around the time of school entry and the 0.4 cut-off for height should be used to initiate referral".


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Most children grow at a rate that follows a standard pattern, or growth curve. However, various problems may develop, particularly if a baby fails to put on weight or if an older child's growth slows down or stops.


Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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