Growth and Development

May 1, 2003 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Positional Head Deformity [Article]

In children with positional head deformity (posterior plagiocephaly), the occiput is flattened with corresponding facial asymmetry. The incidence of positional head deformity increased dramatically between 1992 and 1999, and now occurs in one of every 60 live births. One proposed cause of the increa...

Oct 15, 2002 Issue
Evaluation of Clumsiness in Children [Article]

Parents and physicians often dismiss seemingly minor motor difficulties in children. Approximately 6 percent of school-aged children have coordination problems serious enough to interfere with academic performance and social integration. These problems often arise during the early school years and m...

May 1, 2002 Issue
Revised Growth Charts for Children [Practice Guidelines]

In May, 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published revised growth charts for children. For the first time, the charts include body mass index (BMI) for children two to 20 years of age.

Feb 15, 2000 Issue
Identification and Evaluation of Mental Retardation [Article]

Mental retardation in young children is often missed by clinicians. The condition is present in 2 to 3 percent of the population, either as an isolated finding or as part of a syndrome or broader disorder. Causes of mental retardation are numerous and include genetic and environmental factors. In at...

Jun 1, 1999 Issue
Evaluation and Management of the Child with Speech Delay [Article]

A delay in speech development may be a symptom of many disorders, including mental retardation, hearing loss, an expressive language disorder, psychosocial deprivation, autism, elective mutism, receptive aphasia and cerebral palsy. Speech delay may be secondary to maturation delay or bilingualism. B...

Jul 01, 1998 Issue
Assessment of Abnormal Growth Curves [Article]

An important part of well-child care is the assessment of a child's growth. While growth in the vast majority of children falls within normal percentile ranges on standard growth curves, an occasional child demonstrates worrisome deviations in weight, height or head size. A single growth percentile ...

Feb 1, 1998 Issue
Unilateral Deformity of the Chest [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

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