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Weight management

Health visiting teams are able to support you with monitoring your child’s growth, and weight management.

We assess children’s Body Mass Index (BMI) at the child’s 2 year review, in reception and year 6 of school during the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The team may weigh your baby in child health clinics and record their weight in your child’s Personal Child Health Record (‘red book’).

We record weight on a ‘centile chart’ which allows us to assess your child’s rate of growth. We may refer you for appropriate support and assessment if concerns arise with regard to your child being under or over weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight

You might wish to consider:

  • Portion sizes
  • Level of physical activity
  • Importance of family meal times
  • Sugar intake
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Food and supplement requirements based on age and gender

Please see the useful links and resources for more advice regarding your child’s weight.

How we can help

We work alongside GPs and other services for management and referral for children where there are concerns regarding their weight.

Public health nurses use BMI calculations and centile charts to identify concerns regarding a child’s weight. BMI is a simple weight-for-height ratio that is commonly used to identify whether a young person or child is underweight or overweight.

Your public health nurse team will see children at other times on the request of parents or other professionals if there are concerns regarding a child’s growth and wellbeing.