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|Title:||Growth parameters of sri lankan children during infancy: A comparison with world health organization Multicentre growth reference study|
|Citation:||Journal of Human Growth and Development.2014;24(1):11-15|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVES: growth monitoring (GM) is an important intervention ensuring wellbeing of children. If GM to be meaningful it is essential to have reference standards appropriate for that population. In Sri Lanka growth charts based on WHO multi centre growth reference study (MGRS) are used for GM. This study was carried out to ascertain the appropriateness of MGRS charts for GM in Sri Lankan children. METHODS: out of a birth cohort of 2215 children, 250 from each sex were invited for a followed up. Children were examined at 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12 months, to measure weight and length. Statistical characteristics of weight and length for each sex were calculated and compared with MGRS data. RESULTS: out of babies invited to participate in the study 244 boys and 241 girls responded initially. Out of this 85% of boys and 86% of girls completed the follow up. Weight and length of both sexes deviated significantly at all ages from MGRS data. CONCLUSION: MGRS data seems to be inappropriate for monitoring growth of Sri Lankan children|
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