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Weight for Height Age

Aka: Weight for Height Age
  1. See Also
    1. Weight Measurement in Children
    2. Weight for Length
  2. Indication
    1. Growth Assessment
    2. Failure to Thrive
  3. Definition
    1. Assesses percent of target weight based on age and length
  4. Calculation
    1. Step 1: Define height age
      1. Determine age when 50% children reach patient's height
    2. Step 2: Define target weight
      1. Locate 50th percentile Weight for Height Age (Step 1)
    3. Step 3: Calculate Weight for Height Age
      1. Calculation = (Actual weight)/(Target weight) x 100
  5. Interpretation
    1. Normal Weight for Height Age: 80-120% of target weight
      1. Endocrine disease will also have a normal result
    2. Low Weight for Height Age: <80%
      1. Suggests Protein Calorie malnutrition
    3. High Weight for Height Age: >120%
      1. Suggests Obesity

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