The UK (2011) Growth charts
These new charts are jointly badged by DSMIG and the RCPCH. They are based on the same dataset as the year 2000 charts but the design has been brought in line with the standard UK90 WHO charts. These are based on data from around 6000 measurements of 1100 healthy children living throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Growth can be charted from term to 18 years. Children with significant cardiac disease or other major pathology were excluded from the study population. In addition, data for those born before 37 completed weeks were excluded up to age two. The charts are therefore representative of healthy children with Down's syndrome living in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
How were the centiles compiled?
The charts were commissioned by the UK Down's Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG) and the data collected by Dr Mary Styles on DSMIG's behalf. The centiles were compiled under the guidance of Professor Michael Preece with statistical analysis provided by Professor Tim Cole, both of the Institute of Child Health, London. Data were analysed by Cole's LMS method. Dr Styles' data collection was funded by the Child Growth Foundation and remains the copyright of DSMIG. See Styles et al (2002).
Action guidelines for preterm, overweight and underweight children
Information is included as to how to assess the growth of preterm babies and how to evaluate the needs of those with apparently faltering growth. As many older children with Down syndrome are overweight we have included on the charts a weight-height BMI conversion chart appropriate for children with Down syndrome age over 2 years. Instructions are given as to how this can be used to indicate if there is a serious problem which requires further assessment/guidance.
Explains why we need special charts for children with Down syndrome and how to use the charts to monitor children's growth, including premature babies and older infants and children. It also includes some advice on growth in puberty and over-weight and obesity.
Basic Medical Surveillance Essential for people with Down syndrome: Growth