Height Percentile Calculator

Helps evaluate a child’s length from birth to 5 years of age based on WHO growth charts.

Refer to the text below the tool for more information about checking pediatric height with growth chart percentiles.


Height percentile tables and growth charts have been standardized by WHO following the Multicentre Growth Reference Study and may be used to monitor length growth in infants and toddlers, boys and girls, from birth to 5 years of age.


If the baby is gaining length at each appointment and their weight is also within the healthy percentile range, it is likely that they are taking the adequate amount of calories and growing normally.


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Steps on how to print your input & results:

1. Fill in the calculator/tool with your values and/or your answer choices and press Calculate.

2. Then you can click on the Print button to open a PDF in a separate window with the inputs and results. You can further save the PDF or print it.

Please note that once you have closed the PDF you need to click on the Calculate button before you try opening it again, otherwise the input and/or results may not appear in the pdf.


 

Height Percentile Growth Charts

Height percentile tables and growth charts have been standardized by WHO following the Multicentre Growth Reference Study and may be used to monitor length growth in infants and toddlers, boys and girls, from birth to 5 years of age.

If the baby is gaining length at each appointment and their weight is also within the healthy percentile range, it is likely that they are taking the adequate amount of calories and growing normally.

However, if the baby is within one of the higher length percentiles and gains weight rapidly between health checks, they may be overfed.

At the other end, if both partners have smaller frames, the baby is likely to be on the smaller length percentiles as well, without a cause for concern. But if the baby is not gaining length or weight at similar rates, a failure to thrive may be diagnosed, where the baby is not receiving or taking in sufficient calories.

The height growth charts are often used in conjunction with weight growth charts to check for normal development so you can use the Weight Percentile Calculator to check whether the baby’s body mass is developing harmoniously. An indicator of this is whether the percentiles are within a 10 to 20 percent range of each other.

 

References

World Health Organization. Child Growth Standards: Height-for-age tables, Boys percentiles

World Health Organization. Child Growth Standards: Height-for-age tables, Girls percentiles


Specialty: Pediatrics

Article By: Denise Nedea

Published On: October 6, 2020

Last Checked: October 6, 2020

Next Review: October 6, 2025