Every child, when born, give them a book, Child Health Booklet, that parents have to always carry all doctor visits.
This book provides general information for all children, including immunization schedule, information on the psychomotor development of children as well as some tips for caring for the smallest and prevent accidents common in the early years of life.
In the primer will be recording the results of health examinations to which subject the child, and the observations or comments that indicate the doctor sees fit.
The book also keeps track of weight and height of the child, recording their progress in a specific graphics are different for boys and for girls.
These charts, adopted by the World Health Organization, say the so-called percentiles, which indicate the proportion of weight and height in relation to age. The curves marked graphs that WHO considers normal, ranging from 3 to 97%. Everything that comes out of this range, either above or below, could be considered “abnormal” and would have to watch it or treat it specifically.
The famous percentiles, besides serving as a reference to control the proper growth of the baby, serves, in many cases, to cause some competitivad between parents. It is very common to hear that “mine is above average, mine exceeds the 75th percentile, as mine is almost 100″.
And I think all parents sin of “mine more”, a universal statement applicable to each subject. It’s something that percentiles can not change. No doubt, mine is the most (for me), as yours is to you. And how much others tell us that their children are above a given percentile, yours will be more. Neither should we care because the child is in the 15th percentile or presume because it is in 75. The important thing is that they are well within normal because, as Aristotle said, in the middle is virtue.