Nutritional Status, Feeding Recommendation, and Counseling
- Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond (WHO).
Direct methods of nutritional assessment:
- A: Anthropometric measurements.
- B: Biochemical (laboratory) findings.
- C: Clinical methods.
- D: Dietary evaluation methods.
The CDC Growth Charts are the most commonly used indicator to measure the size and growth patterns of children and teens in the United States.
|Weight Status Category||Percentile Range|
|Underweight||Less than the 5th percentile|
|Normal or Healthy Weight||5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile|
|Overweight||85th to less than the 95th percentile|
|Obese||95th percentile or greater|