Mid-Arm Circumference: An Alternative Measure for Screening Low Birth Weight Babies

Birth weight is a reliable and sensitive indicator for predicting the immediate or later outcome of a newborn child. In a developing country like Bangladesh, where more than 75 % of deliveries occur in rural community and are mostly attended by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA ) or relatives, birth weight cannot be recorded mainly due to paucity of suitable weighing scale. To overcome the problem associated with weighing the newborn, it was considered justified to find out other simpler measurements that could be used as substitute of weighing, in order to identify low birth weight babies.

 

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