As parents, it’s normal to be concerned about your child’s growth. By age two, the rate of growth decreases and the child begins to lose the appearance of a baby and builds more muscles. While each child is unique, a healthy toddler should continue to grow at a steady pace supported by good nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise.
“The ideal body weight of a 2-year old is approximately four times his or her birth weight. For children aged 2 to 6 years old, the ideal body weight can be computed as follows: (age in years x 2) + 8. For example, we have a 2-year old child with an actual weight of 11kg. The ideal body weight is 12 kg as: (2 years old x 2) + 8 = 12,” shares Dr. Phoebe Grande from the Department of Health-Philippine Center for Specialized Health Care in an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph.
Of course, these are still subjective which is why it’s customary to have your child undergo a routine checkup with a pediatrician. Results are plotted using a growth chart, which lets the doctor spot any trends that need attention.
Growth charts give you a general idea of your child’s development. It uses percentiles to compare your toddler’s growth in comparison to other toddlers of the same age group and sex.
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The National Nutrition Council (NCC) has put together a chart for children ages 0 to 71 months (or just below 6 years old) to check if they're growing enough in terms of weight and height. It is based on the WHO's Child Growth Standards and is available for download on their website.