### F-Using UK-WHO growth charts with new born babies and preterms

```Using the new UK-WHO
growth charts with new
born babies and preterm
infants
Presentation F
Adapted from training materials of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health [RCPCH]
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Plotting in the first 2 weeks
• Birth weight centiles based on UK 1990 data
• WHO charts start from 2 weeks
• No centile lines between birth (0 weeks) and 2
weeks
• Allows for weight loss and regain before week 2
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Plotting in the
first 2 weeks
Plot all term infants
(37 or more weeks)
at age 0 weeks
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Weighing in the neonatal period
• Weigh within the first week as part of the
assessment of feeding…
– Early weighing does not discourage breast-feeders
and may help identify problems in a timely manner
– Weigh thereafter as needed
• Assess early weight gain relevant to
birthweight…
– Most babies lose some weight after birth
– Recovery of birthweight indicates that feeding is
effective and that the child is well
– If large weight loss or still below birthweight at 2
weeks, calculate % weight loss
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Calculating Percentage Weight Loss
It is good practice to calculate percentage weight loss on
order to check exactly how much weight an infant has
lost
Weight Change
= current weight – birth weight
e.g. (2.700 kg – 2.900kg )=-200kg A fall of 200g.in weight
Percentage Weight Loss
= Weight loss ÷ Birth weight x 100%
e.g.(200 ÷ 2.900g) x 100 = 6.9%
A weight loss of 6.9%
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Assessing neonatal weight loss
• Most babies lose some weight after birth
– 80% will have regained this by 2 weeks of age
• Fewer than 5% of babies lose more than 10%
– Only 1 in 50 are 10% lighter at 2 weeks
• A baby 10% or more below birth weight at or
before 2 weeks needs careful assessment for:
– feeding problems
– unrecognised illness
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Summary
• Plot birthweight at age 0 for all infants born 37 +
weeks,
• Weigh within first week as part of the
assessment of feeding as early weighing...
– does not discourage breast-feeders
– allows timely identification of feeding problems
• Assess early weight gain relative to birthweight…
– Recovery of birthweight by 2 weeks suggests that
feeding is effective and that the child is well
– If large weight loss at any time, or still below
birthweight at 2 weeks, calculate % weight loss
• 10% weight loss needs careful assessment
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Plotting Per-term infants
Plotting pre-term infants
using the new UK-WHO
growth charts
Adapted from training materials of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health [RCPCH]
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Background
• A child born before 37 weeks completed weeks gestation
is preterm
• The WHO standard does not include data for preterm
babies
• The “preterm” section of the UK/WHO chart has been
compiled using UK reference data for size at birth
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Plotting on the preterm section
• Use the preterm section of the UK-WHO 0-4 years
chart
– For infants born 32-36 weeks gestation
– Up till EDD (term) plus 2 weeks
• Use the Neonatal and Infant Close Monitoring
(NICM) low birthweight chart
– For infants<32 weeks
– For any neonate needing close monitoring
• After EDD plus two weeks move over to 0-1 chart
with gestation age correction
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What is Gestational Correction?
• Gestational correction adjusts the plot of a
measurement to account for the number of
weeks a baby was born early
• Number of weeks early = 40 weeks minus
gestational age
• Should not be used for term infants (37 weeks+)
• Should be continued till
– 1 year for infants born 32-36 weeks
– 2 years for infants born before 32 weeks
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Plotting with gestational correction
Plot measurement at actual age
Draw a line back the number of
weeks the baby was early and mark
this with a arrow.
The arrow point should show the
gestationally corrected centile
When measuring frequently, plot all actual or corrected age and use
arrow for a section to avoid crowding on page.
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Transfer preterm to infancy section
Born 6 weeks preterm
plot on preterm section
of chart until 43 weeks
(EDD +2)
Then plot on infancy
section using gestational
correction
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Weight
faltering in
infant born at
34 weeks?
or are the
plots in the
wrong place?
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Failure to allow for gestation
• Need to be
clear which plots are
• Other users may not
• Could place the child
at risk
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Summary
• Preterm = birth before 37 weeks completed
weeks gestation
• Infants born before 32 weeks, plus any sick
neonate, should be plotted on Neonatal and
Infant Close Monitoring (NICM) low birth weight
chart
• Well preterm infants born after 32 weeks should
be plotted in preterm section until 42 weeks
gestation
• Then plot on the 0-1 year chart using arrow
drawn back method of gestational correction
• Continue gestational correction till 12-24 months
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Plotting term infants: Activity 1 Answers
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Plotting term infants: Activities 2 to 4 Answers
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Plotting term infants: Activities 2 to 4 Answers
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