BABY'S WEIGHT

A surveillance measure that can be carried out at Mecofarma pharmacies in order to calculate the nutritional state of the baby in situations of low weight, overweight or obesity.

The weight of the baby is crucial when  calculating the dosage of medicines

The baby generally loses weight slightly during the first days of life, and usually regains the weight within 7 to 9 days, doubling between the 4th and 6th months and tripling when the baby is 1 year old.

The baby’s weight should be recorded each time and compared with the previous values and should not be analyzed separately.

The results can then be compared to those in Table of Weight Percentiles according to age and the sex of the baby.  If there is significant weight gain or weight loss  in two or more weighings, the child should be referred to a doctor.

Weighing

Weighing instruments:

For children up to 2 years of age or who cannot stand, pediatric scales should be used.

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