Accurately Weighing and Measuring Infants, Children and Adolescents: Technique

Course Summary

1. Title: Accurately Weighing and Measuring
Infants, Children and Adolescents: 

2. Keywords/Themes: Body Mass Index (BMI),
Infants, Children, Adolescents, Measure, Record, Technique, Equipment, Trained
Measures, Weighing Infants, Measuring Infant Length, Measuring Head
Circumference, Weighing Children and Adolescents, Measuring Children and

Course Description:

With the availability of
the WHO Growth Standards, this is an opportune time for all pediatric health
care providers to re-evaluate the tools they use and the approach they have in
their clinical setting for measurement, plotting and interpretation of growth

This module reviews techniques for measuring and recording infant length,
weight, and head circumference and reviews the technique for obtaining and
recording weight and stature for children and adolescents.

The information in this
module is intended for the measurement of typically developing children.
Another module provides information on the measurement techniques to be used
when children have special physical considerations and the techniques described
here are not feasible.

Intended Audience:  pediatric health care providers

5. Learning Objectives:

The objectives of the course are as follows:

  • To present accurate techniques for measuring weight, length and head circumference for infants
  • To present accurate techniques for measuring weight and stature for children and adolescents

Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No Pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed: Analytical/Assessment Skills, Public Health Sciences Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

8. CEUs Offered: None

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length: 1 hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: August 1, 2015