Hospital based gestational age specific birth charts in urban Bangladesh

Birth weight is not enough to evaluate growth of the newborn. Around the globe, growth charts at birth as percentiles for various gestational ages are available both in developed and developing countries. This study aimed to develop such growth chart in Bangladesh, to exactly evaluate an individual newborn’s growth pattern by comparing growth of its different parts with that of a standard one. A cross sectional observational study conducted at fifteen non-government maternity centers located in different parts of Dhaka, Narayanganj and Narsingdi. Birth weight, birth length, head and chest circumferences of five thousand one hundred and five singleton newborns’ with gestational ages ranging from 35 to 42 weeks were recorded during June 2014 to July 2015. Trained Physicians and paramedics of respective centers recorded data.

 

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