CHEST AND MIDARM CIRCUMFERENCES - IDENTIFICATION OF LOW-BIRTH-WEIGHT NEWBORNS IN TURKEY


ARISOY A. E. , SARMAN G.

JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS, vol.41, no.1, pp.34-37, 1995 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/tropej/41.1.34
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.34-37

Abstract

The present study was performed to find out which anthropometric measurement(s) could efficiently be substituted for weight to detect neonates with low birth weight at birth. A total of 874 neonates, between 32 and 43 weeks of gestational age were measured within 24 h of birth to interpret the validity of anthropometric measurements. Low birth weight was observed in 10 per cent of the neonates. The study showed a significant correlation (P<0.001) between chest circumference, mid-arm circumference, head circumference, length, and birth weight. However, the correlation was maximum for chest circumference (r=0.855) and mid-arm circumference (r=0.798). A chest circumference of <30 cm and a mid-arm circumference of <9 cm had the best sensitivity and specificity for identifying neonates with a birth weight of <2500 g. Chest circumference and/or mid-arm circumference can be used as simple and reliable indicators for predicting low birth weight whenever weighing of newborns is not feasible.