Unit 1- human lifespan development- Principles of growth

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4 Principles of growth
1. Growth rates are not constant. 2. Different parts of the body grow at different rates. 3. growth rates vary between children. 4. The growth rate of a boy is usually faster on average than of girls, as men tend to be taller than women.
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When are head dimensions measures?
Head circumference is measured at birth and at 6-8 weeks to identify any abnormality in brain or skull growth.
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How is head circumference measured?
Across the forehead, just above the eyes, at the midpoint at the back of the head. Skull growth is faster in the first two years of life but continues into early adulthood.
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Growth
A physiological change describing an increase in length or height, weight and dimensions.
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Length or height?
In the first 2 years, length is measured when lying down. From two years height is measured when standing.
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Recording growth- Growth charts
Growth charts give the length or height, weight and head dimensions expected at a particular age.Comparing growth against norms is important to identify ill health/ development problems. Growth charts are different for boys and girl as their growth r
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Recording growth- Growth charts- centile lines
Centile line represents the values of measurments from a large number of children to show the norms of growth in each age group.
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When are head dimensions measures?

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Head circumference is measured at birth and at 6-8 weeks to identify any abnormality in brain or skull growth.

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How is head circumference measured?

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Growth

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Length or height?

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