New Growth Charts for Children with Down Syndrome
A CDC-funded study in Pediatrics provides new growth charts for children with Down syndrome in the United States. In this study, researchers compared these new U.S. growth charts with the older U.S. growth charts for children with Down syndrome as well as with more recent charts from the United Kingdom. Healthcare providers can use these new charts to monitor growth among children with Down syndrome and assess how well a child with Down syndrome is growing when compared to peers with Down syndrome. We invite you to read a summary of the key findings from this paper and to read the article’s abstract.
CDC is working in collaboration with its partners to learn more about Down syndrome by tracking the occurrence of the condition and conducting research, continuing toward the goal of improving the lives of children and families affected by Down syndrome. On behalf of CDC, we thank you for your continued support and promotion of CDC’s activities related to Down syndrome.
What You Can Do
Parents, families, and partners: Spread the word about this study! We encourage you to share these links with your colleagues and friends. Feel free to post them on your own home page as well. Please share on your social media channels or share/retweet/favorite from @CDC_NCBDDD.
Doctors: Add these new growth charts as tools to help you provide care for children with Down syndrome.
For more information about Down syndrome, visit CDC’s Down syndrome page.