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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-53

Growth patterns of Jordanian children: A national study


Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Pediatrics, Jordan

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Salah Mawajdeh
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid
Jordan
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PMID: 23012210

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This study examined the growth patterns of Jordanian children below three years of age in comparison with the NCHS reference population. Weight and length measurements of 1224 boys, and 1120 girls were obtained from a national multipurpose study of Jordanian preschool children carried out in 1984. The study results showed that children of both sexes grew at Gentiles that were close and parallel to the NCHS in the first quarter of the first year. However, both weight and length Gentiles departed from the NCHS counterparts later on with length showing marked differences from the reference. The differences observed between the local and the NCHS reference population suggest that the NCHS should be used as a target for planning and evaluation of' intervention programs at a national level while the need for the local standards to assess individual cases remains a necessity.


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