Anthropometric parameters of new born babies in a private hospital, southeast Nigeria

J Onyekwelu, Obinwanne Hospital and Maternity, Nkpor, Nigeria
2020 The Journal of Medical Research  
Anthropometric parameters are predictive of outcomes in neonatal period and infancy. There is paucity of information on babies' birth length and head circumference. The aim of this work is to describe the anthropometric parameters of term babies delivered in a private hospital southeast Nigeria. Materials and methods: This is a retrospective descriptive study. Data on babies' head circumference (HC), weight and length were retrieved from delivery records and analyzed with SPSS version 20.
more » ... S version 20. Results are presented as prose and tables. Results: There were 823 full-term singleton live deliveries. Out of that, 439, 53.34%, are males and 384, 46.86%, are females. Mean HC is 34.39 ± 1.74 cm. Males have higher HC than females, 34.39 ± 1.74 cm and 34.11 ± 1.76 cm respectively. Mean birth weight is 3.28 ± 0.48 kg and males weigh more than females, 3.31 ± 0.50 kg and 3.25 ± 0.48 kg respectively. Males are longer than females with birth lengths of 50.07 ± 2.54 cm and 49.64 ± 2.39 cm respectively. Mean HC is similar to the Nigerian standard but bigger than the international standard. Mean birth length is higher than the international standard. There is no difference between mean birth weight obtained from this study and the international standard. Conclusion: HC from this study is consistent with Nigerian standard but higher than international standard. Males weigh more than females, are longer and have larger head circumference. The average newborn from this study has larger head circumference and longer birth length than international standard.
doi:10.31254/jmr.2020.6307 fatcat:njxeu472b5bhdn5zu74yvth7xm