Measuring New Born Foot Length to Identify Small Babies in Need of Extra Care: a Cross-Sectional Hospital Based Study

AUTHORS

satarupa mukherjee 1 , * , Prithwish Roy 2 , Souvik Mitra 3 , Moumita Samanta 4 , Sukanta Chatterjee 5

1 , Tel:09674653788

2

3

4

5

How to Cite: mukherjee S, Roy P, Mitra S, Samanta M, Chatterjee S. Measuring New Born Foot Length to Identify Small Babies in Need of Extra Care: a Cross-Sectional Hospital Based Study, Iran J Pediatr. 2014 ; 23(5):-.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Pediatrics: 23 (5)
Published Online: March 06, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 27, 2012
Accepted: February 24, 2013

Crossmark

CHEKING

READ FULL TEXT
Abstract

 

Objective: The neonatal mortality rate (NMR) continues to remain quite high, one important cause being preterm deliveries. The main obstacle in the pathway towards decreasing NMR is identification of babies in need of extra care. To analyze the utility of newborn foot length as a proxy measure for birth weight and gestational age. Methods: A cross-sectional study done in a hospital of eastern India with 351 babies during 4 months. Right foot length of each recorded using a plastic, stiff ruler. Findings: 48.1% babies were preterm, 51.8% low birth weight (LBW) and 33.3% very low birth weight (VLBW). Foot length less than 7.75 cm has 92.3% sensitivity and 86.3% specificity for identification of preterm neonates. For identification of LBW babies (<2500 gm) a foot length less than 7.85cm has 100% sensitivity and 95.3% specificity. Foot length less than 6.85 cm has 100% sensitivity and 94.9% specifity for identification of VLBW babies (<1500 gm). Conclusion: Foot length may be used in the identification of LBW and preterm babies who are in need of extra care.

 

Keywords

Neonatal Mortality Preterm Low Birth Weight Foot Length

© 0, Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.

Fulltext

References

  • 1.

    References are available on the PDF.

  • COMMENTS

    LEAVE A COMMENT HERE: