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Year : 1989  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70-74
Neonatal Anthropometric Parameters And Indicators Of High Risk Factors

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One thousand seven hundred and twenty five singleton new born infants were samples for anthropometrics measurements like birth weight, recumbent length, crown – rump length, circumferences of head, chest, mid – arm and calf and bony- width measurements of humerus, femur and pelvis. All the measurements were taken within 24 hours after birth. The newborns were divided into five groups according to birth weight (g) up to 2000-(A). 2001- 2500-(B), 2501- 3000-(C), 3001 – 3500 (D) and 3500 and above-(E). It was seen that there was a good relationship between birth weight and other anthropometrics parameters in newborn babies. The data showed that increase in mean birth weight followed a linear model in relation to all other parameters studied. It is suggested that the criteria of low birth weight for Indian babies should be fixed at 2000g or less (A). It was shown that the incidence of respiratory distress, feeding problems and mortality rate were maximum in babies in group (A) and were relatively less among babies belonging to groups (B), (C) (D) and (E). Low birth weight babies belonging to groups (B), (C), (D) and (E) were given domiciliary care by the mothers with guidance of lady health visitors and doctors of the research team.

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