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November 08, 2021 Monday 11:28:26 AM IST

'GrowthMonitor’ App to Identify Treatable Childhood Growth Disorders

An interdisciplinary group, led by Professor Helen Storr, at Queen Mary University London, has developed a user-friendly app called ‘GrowthMonitor’ to monitor childhood growth. It places the accurate measurement of children’s height in the hands of parents and carers. The app uses a simple traffic light system, based on predetermined threshold heights, to inform parents that growth is either normal (green), to continue monitoring (amber) or to seek medical advice (red).

The ‘GrowthMonitor’ app could transform the approach to childhood growth monitoring, by empowering carers to identify growth-related problems early and enabling much earlier diagnosis and management of growth disorders. It could also provide reassurance to parents whose children are growing normally thereby reducing unnecessary anxiety and referrals to pediatric services.

This app-based technology provides a model for healthcare innovation that is cost-effective, handy, precise, and dependable.  It raises awareness of important and potentially treatable conditions thereby empowering patients, parents, and carers in monitoring childhood growth. Since childhood growth is an indicator of health and physical well-being in children, this app helps in identifying diagnosis disorders found in children and monitor growth at home cost-effectively.