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Your child's length

Your child’s length may be measured at:

  • birth
  • 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 2½ cm to 3 cm (1 inch to 1½ 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).

Page last reviewed: 04/12/2018
Next review due: 04/12/2021