Pediatric nutrition: WHO Growth Standards, recommendations and many other features

With the increase of overweight and obese children, the adequate nutritional intervention is very important to try to reverse this reality. That is why it is essential for the nutrition professional to have the right resources to intervene effectively.

Nutrium is now adapted to allow our professionals to create nutritional interventions and counseling to children and adolescents. We have included new clinical information fields, growths standards provided by the World Health Organization, among other new features.


Some of these updates appear automatically from the moment the professional registers the patient's age, as long as it is under 19 years old.

New patient's information fields

Now in patients under 5 year olds, in the section information, it is possible to register data regarding pregnancy course and child behaviour as well as new data from dietary history, such as:

  • Maternal weight gain
  • Maternal behaviours at pregnancy
  • Gestational age at birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Food diversification
  • Milk and infant formulas

New anthropometric measurements available

Now there is a button to facilitate the registration of weight and length at birth, as well as the inclusion of head circumference as a new anthropometric measurements

WHO Child Growth Standards

Due to the importance of WHO Child Growth Standards to assess the weight, growth and adequate development of children, now in the planning section is possible to view these growth standards graphs, according to age and gender.

When registering data regarding age, weight and height, depending on the case, it is possible to view several indicators:

  • Weight-for-height
  • Weight-for-age
  • Height-for-age
  • BMI-for-age

In order to make Nutrium more adaptable to every professional, it is possible to choose to use Z-scores or percentiles, customizable in your preferences page.

Still in the planning section we've added nutritional recommendations of macronutrients and fiber, according to the Food and Nutrition Board. The same source was used to adequate the daily recommended intake to group age, in the analysis section.

Predictive equations

Nutrium's predictive equations are always adapted to its conditions, from which gender and group age.

In infants (aged 0-5), the equation available to determine energy requirements is from the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, 2005.

In children aged over 5 it is possible to use Harris and Benedict's equation. From the age of 18 years old, the professional can use the usual equations available in Nutrium.

To predict fat mass percentage Nutrium has available Slaughter's (et al.) equation, from ages of 7 until 18 years old.

Dietary recommendations

Since in infant ages dietary recommendations are more used than the actual creation of a structured meal plan, we have emphasized the recommendations field.

Also in this section, we've made the physical activity field customizable in ages from 0 to 5 years old, this allows the professional to give more personalized recommendations.


Register now in Nutrium to try out this new feature. Enjoy a 14 day free trial and discover everything Nutrium can do for you.

We are always improving our software and making it more and more complete, in order to help our professionals' work. Have any suggestions to give? We can't wait to hear them.

(This article is also available in portuguese at blog.nutrium.io/pt/nutricao-infantil and spanish at blog.nutrium.io/es/nutricion-infantil)