MeasurementsAssessing a newborn's weight:
A baby's birth weight is an important indicator of health. The average weight for term babies (born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation) is about 7 lbs (3.2 kg). In general, small babies and very large babies are more likely to have problems. Babies are weighed daily in the nursery to assess growth and fluid and nutrition needs. Newborn babies may lose as much as 10 percent of their birth weight. This means that a baby weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces at birth might lose as much as 10 ounces in the first few days.
In most cases the metric system is used for weighing babies.
Converting grams to pounds and ounces:
|1 lb. = 453.59237 grams; 1 oz. = 28.349523 grams; 1000 grams = 1 kg.|
What other measurements are taken of the newborn?
|Other measurements are also taken of each baby. These include:|
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