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NewsCAP: New growth charts for children with Down syndrome

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: February 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 2 - p 15
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000480482.36923.86
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New growth charts for children with Down syndrome. Researchers measured various aspects of growth in more than 600 children with Down syndrome, who ranged in age from birth to 20 years. After three and a half years of measurements, the results were compared with 1988 trends to determine whether (presumed) improvements in the care of children with Down syndrome have positively affected their growth. Since 1988, weight gain in children with Down syndrome from birth to three years has improved markedly, and height in male patients of all ages increased. Obesity remains common and persists into adulthood, although increases in obesity haven't been as pronounced as in the general pediatric population. The new charts are published in the November 2015 Pediatrics (http://bit.ly/1TUILKD).

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