A standardized way to measure child growth is important to be able to understand childhood growth and development. Working with AHS partners, a standardized program to measure children’s growth in infants, preschoolers and children up to 18 years of age was developed and implemented.
A provincial protocol and resources ensure consistent child growth measurements in public health and clinical settings—this will also support the development of a childhood growth surveillance system in the future.
An evaluation completed in 2014 identified that there was widespread awareness and use of the Childhood Growth Measurement Protocol at public health sites across the province. All surveyed sites were aware of the protocol and compliance with most of the procedures was extremely high.
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