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Training Module: Accurately Weighing and Measuring: Technique

Measuring Child and Adolescent Stature
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7. Measuring Child and Adolescent Stature: Equipment and Preparation

Stature or height is measured for children over the age of 24 months who can stand unassisted. Young children from 24 to 36 months may have either length or stature measured. The appropriate chart should be used for recording and plotting results. If length is measured, one should use the chart for birth to 36 months; if stature is measured, use the chart for 2 to 18 years.

Accurate measurement of stature requires the use of a calibrated, vertical stadiometer with a movable headpiece, perpendicular to the vertical backboard.

Child's height being measured   Check Measure stature for children over 24 months of age
  Check Use a calibrated vertical stadiometer with a right-angle headpiece
  Check The child is measured standing with heels, buttocks, shoulders and head touching a flat upright surface

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