ISSN - 0973-0958

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Novina Novina1, Marie-José Walenkamp2.
1Child Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia,
2Department of Pediatrics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The most fundamental characteristics of a child are growth and development. Under normal circumstances growth follows a pattern that can be predicted. As a pediatrician we have to distinguish between normal and abnormal growth and recognize a normal variation from a pathological condition. Thorough height measurements performed every 6 months and plotted on the reference growth curve is the simplest and low-cost tool to detect an abnormal growth. Simple guideline is proposed to manage a child with short stature.

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