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Prediction of weight of children aged up to two years based on foot lenght in Ethiope east local government area of delta state of south- south Nigeria


Int J Med Res Health Sci. |

Authors: Lilian Ebele Chris-ozoko
Int J Med Res Health Sci. 2013;2(4):852-856 |  | DOI:10.5958/j.2319-5886.2.4.136


Introduction: When a child is in a critical condition, it may not be hundred percent possible to determine the body weight using weighing scale. Under such a condition, paediatricians estimate weight using the age of the child.  Material and Method: The weight was measured using a weighing scale. In cases where the babies were too small and unable to stand on the weighing scale alone, the mother was weighed alone and while carrying the baby and the weight of the baby was determined by subtracting the weight of the mother from the weight of the mother and the baby. Results: Mean weight for male children is 10.98kg, Mean foot length for male children is 5.04 inches, R2 = 0.61, F statistics = 7.57, Probability = 0.0001531, Standard deviation of weight for males is 5.2, Standard deviation of foot length is 0.009 Conclusion: Base on Foot length, weight of children below two years can be predicted in emergency condition.

Keywords:  Weight, Foot length, Children

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