Studies on the somatic growth of young children have traditionally been made using conventional anthropometry techniques. As a result, while the conditions of growth of morphological variables such as weight or segmental dimensions are well known, the same cannot be said of the more global aspect of the development of the body in a three-dimensional reference space. Yet body volumes and surfaces represent morphological characteristics which are just as necessary for a good understanding of physiological phenomena (thermoregulation, energy balance, etc.) as the conventional linear data. In the volume of their research on children's growth in recent years, the authors have found that in none of the studies mentioned in the literature was consideration given to the dynamic aspect of the child's somatic development in a three-dimensional space. A primary reason for such omission is largely to be found in the technical difficulties encountered in the measure-ment of somatic characteristics such as body volume and surface. Yet, among the several possible methods of study, biostereometry and particularly the photogrammetric tool, is certainly one of the most rewarding. This being so, the authors propose to use the photogrammetric technique to undertake, in a first stage, a methodological study that will draw up, on a limited sample of infants and young children, the development chart, over a period of time, of the surfaces and volumes of segmental elements. Thus will be checked the relationships between the growth rates of different characteristics : surfaces, volumes, weight, linear dimensions. Quite apart from the intrinsic value of such studies, the data thus collected will eventually provide practitioners, pediatricians and physiologists with the reference records that have so far been lacking.