What are New WHO Child Growth Standards for monitoring growth of children?

New WHO Child Growth Standards for monitoring growth of children were launched in 2006. The implementation of these standards result in change of current estimates of under nutrition in these three data:
  1. increase in total normal weight children,
  2. increase in severely underweight children
  3. increase in underweight children ( mild/moderate and severe) in age group of 0-6 months. These standards are based on breastfed infants .

Please note that India adopted the new norms w.e.f. 15th August 2008 for monitoring growth of children under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

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