This course was developed by the CDC to train health care providers and others who measure and assess child growth on how to use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth standards to assess growth among infants and children ages birth to 2 years.
The WHO growth standard charts described in this training course apply only to children aged birth to 2 years. There are seven sections in this course:
- Recommendations and Rational for Using the WHO Growth Charts in the United States
- Creating the WHO Growth Standard for Infants and Young Children
- Comparing Methodologies Used to Develop WHO and CDC Growth Charts for Children Birth to 2 Years of Age
- Breastfeeding as the Norm for Infant Feeding
- Using the WHO Growth Standard Charts
- Case Examples
Self-assessment questions are included in each section. Supplemental materials are also available, including a course summary and references.
health care providers such as nutritionists, registered nurses, pediatricians, and other providers who measure and assess child growth.
At the conclusion of the training, you will be able to
- Discuss recommendations for using the WHO growth charts
- Describe attributes of a growth reference versus a growth standard
- Describe the differences between WHO and CDC growth charts for infants and young children aged 0-2 years
- Discuss the effect of infant feeding on growth
- Identify issues to consider when interpreting WHO growth charts
Public Health Science Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Creation and/or update
August 1, 2015