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Growth Charts Available on the Internet
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2. CLINICAL GROWTH CHARTS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB

The clinical growth charts are commonly used by health care providers and include these three features.

1. Each clinical chart has a data entry box to record individual patient data.
 
2. The clinical growth charts are formatted with two sets of percentile curves per page, with the exception of the BMI-for-age chart, which has only one chart per page.
 
3. The grid in the charts is scaled to metric units; English units are also shown.

The clinical growth charts are provided in sets that display different percentile lines to meet the needs of various users. The percentile lines for the clinical charts are listed below.

Clinical Growth Charts

Set 1 shows the 5th through the 95th percentiles. These charts will be used for the majority of the routine public health and clinical applications. The percentiles shown: 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 95th; 85th on the BMI-for-age chart.

Set 2 shows the 3rd through the 97th percentiles. Pediatric endocrinologists and others providing services may choose to use these charts when caring for children growing at the outer percentiles. The percentiles shown: 3rd, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 97th; 85th and 95th on the BMI-for-age chart.

The CDC clinical growth charts are available on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/clinical_charts.htm.

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