Indian Baby Weight & Height Chart Calculator – One of the most common concerns that we receive from parents is if their child gaining weight and height appropriately. What causes them most distress is when they see another child from their family or neighbourhood who appears to be growing much more in weight and height, more often weight.
In India, it is common to equate fat or chubby with healthy and lean weight with unhealthy specially in case of babies. We thought we will put to rest the concerns of parents with this article and baby growth calculator and explain how children across the world and in India grow in weight and height.
First of all, the commonly available growth charts by CDC are based on data for affluent babies in U.S.A., hence it is not right to compare your baby with those numbers. WHO provides charts which are more universal and we have used those to build these weight and height chart calculator and also to explain what the weight and height numbers mean and how to read those charts.
What to remember when checking weight and height chart of an infant:
It is important to know that you cannot compare a girl with the boy the same age
The charts given are from 3rd percentile to 97th percentile.
It means that 94% of babies fall between these ranges of weight and height and are considered to be growing normally.
The growth in weight and height is directly linked to birth weight and birth height. So a small 2.7 kg baby will not suddenly become same as 3.5 kg baby at the age of 1 year. The birth weight and height depend on many factors including genetics.
These percentages are not likes grades in school. So, higher the better does not work here.
Overall growth over a period of time is more important than weight at a particular time.
If your baby is off the charts, i.e. below 3rd percentile and above 97th percentile, then there is cause of concern and you must check this with your baby’s doctor about the weight and height.