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Importance of Growth Monitoring by a Health Checkup in Detecting Growth Disorders in Young Children

Volume 11 - Issue 3

Remi Kuwabara and Tatsuhiko Urakami*

Received: November 15, 2018;   Published: November 26, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.11.002094

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Normal growth is a sign of good health and well-being in children. Assessment of height and weight is the best indicators of child’s growth as well as general heath. Abnormal growth may indicate malnutrition or the existence of underlying disease in children [1]. Some developing countries where most of children suffer from malnutrition resulted in abnormal growth. Early detection of growth failure can contribute to increase utilization of a health service resulted in improved nutritional status, reduced morbidity and reduced mortality [2]. On the other hand, in developed countries, the aim of growth monitoring is to identify children with various treatable causes of abnormal growth, who have been missed or who failed to present in clinical practice. A review of 31 studies of growth monitoring demonstrated that a single height screening could identify between 1:545 and 1:1793 new cases of potentially treatable children [3]. Despite its widespread use, the importance of growth monitoring in detecting growth disorders and its impact on child health is not well recognized [4].

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