Urban parents' perceptions of healthy infant growth.

Abstract:

:To examine how urban parents' perceptions of healthy infant size and growth relate to objective weight-for-length percentiles of their children, parents of 222 (69% minority) 6- to 27-month-old infants were surveyed. In all, 41% of parents said growth charts had never been explained to them, and 31% were not confident they understood the meaning of chart percentiles. A total of 20% of parents preferred their child weigh ≥75th percentile, and these children had higher mean weight-for-length percentiles than their peers (P = .05). Similarly, 37% of parents agreed that "a chubby baby is a healthy baby," and these children had higher mean weight-for-length percentiles than others in the cohort ( P = .02). Additionally, 58% of parents ranked a growth curve with consistent growth at the 10th percentile as the "least healthy" of 6 infant growth curves. Growth charts are not consistently explained to or understood by urban parents, and many prefer early life growth patterns associated with later obesity.

journal_name

Clin Pediatr (Phila)

journal_title

Clinical pediatrics

authors

Sullivan SA,Leite KR,Shaffer ML,Birch LL,Paul IM

doi

10.1177/0009922811398960

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-08-01 00:00:00

pages

698-703

issue

8

eissn

0009-9228

issn

1938-2707

pii

0009922811398960

journal_volume

50

pub_type

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