The accuracy of this measurement has been questioned by a number of studies 3 4 . One factor Measured neonatal length may be influenced that may explain some of the variance in measureby reluctance of the measurer to extend the ments that has not been well studied is the age of infant's limbs against the normal flexor posture. the infant at the time of measurement. As the degree of flexion decreases over the first At birth, the normal infant has a posture similar few days of life, measured length may increase. to the intrauterine state of marked limb flexion. We conducted a study of the effect of postnatal Nurses making routine measurements may be relucage on measured length and on inter-observer tant to forcefully extend the infant's legs in order to correlation. The study sample consisted of 101 ensure accuracy. During the first days of life, the healthy term newborns. Correlation between intrauterine state of flexion gradually decreases 3 . measurements made before age 2 hours by the Thus, we hypothesized that the measured length study nurse and by regular nurses was excellent of normal infants would gradually increase over the with a mean difference of 0.61 Â±
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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