Research Article

Is weighing babies in clinics worth while?

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 286 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.286.6368.860 (Published 12 March 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;286:860
  1. D P Davies,
  2. T Williams

    Abstract

    An appraisal of the widely implemented clinic practice of weighing babies to monitor their physical well being showed that these weighing practices are often inadequately administered through faulty weighing techniques, insufficient use of centile charts, and misunderstanding of normal variations in, and nutritional influences on, early weight gain. If measurements of weight are accurate and the counts of weight gain plotted on centile charts and the resulting profile sensibly interpreted it becomes a valuable method of monitoring health. Possibly the greatest benefit is that the mothers have the opportunity to discuss any anxieties about the baby's health.