Your child's length
Your child’s length may be measured at:
- the 72 hour visit by the public health nurse
- the 2 week check with your GP or practice nurse
- the 6 week check with your GP or practice nurse
- each developmental assessment up to the age of 2 years
After the first month, your baby may increase in length by an average of 2.5cm to 3cm (1inch to 1.5 inches) a month.
Concerns about your child's growth
Your public health nurse and GP will work closely with you to monitor your child’s growth. If there are any concerns about your child's growth, they might be measured every 3 months for a while.
Sometimes a referral to a specialist for further checks is needed. This could be a community dietitian or a paediatrician (a doctor who specialises in children's health).