2020, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A
A study on anthropometric profile of new born babies at a tertiary care hospital
Dr. Narendra KS and Dr. Madhu GN
Birth weight has been universally used as a measure of intrauterine growth, because of its correlation with gestation, and relative ease of recording in hospital setting. Weight is the most widely used single clinical indicator of growth. However birth weight by itself is not infallible. Infants of identical race, sex, gestational age and length have been known to differ in their body weights by up to 40%. Also birth weight is the sum of fat and lean body tissue. Weight gain represents the sum of increments of different body components including muscle, skeleton, adipose tissue and water. So it is rather a non-specific measure of growth. All the singleton live born babies born in the hospital were examined within 48 hours of birth. Gestational age was calculated by enquiring into 1st day of mothers last menstrual period and will be subsequently confirmed by New Ballard Score. If any disparity of more than 2 weeks between gestational age by enquiring LMP and by NBS were excluded from the study. In the present study it was observed that the mean ± SD of Birth weight was 2800.52±446, the mean ± SD of Crown heel length was 48.75 ± 2.0, the mean ± SD of Head circumference was33.64 ± 1.4 the mean ± SD of Chest circumference was31.86 ± 2.19, the mean ± SD of Abdominal circumference was 27.42 ± 2.14, the mean ± SD of Mid arm circumference was 9.08 ± 0.83, the mean ± SD of Calf circumference was 9.9 ± 1.16, the mean ± SD of Skin fold thickness was 4.63 ± 0.64, the mean ± SD of Foot length was 8.03±0.8, and the mean ± SD of Thigh circumference was 15.16 ± 1.35.
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Dr. Narendra KS, Dr. Madhu GN. A study on anthropometric profile of new born babies at a tertiary care hospital. Int J Paediatrics Geriatrics 2020;3(2):30-32. DOI: 10.33545/26643685.2020.v3.i2a.87