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The history of the baby weighing

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The History of The Baby Weighing

The practice of baby weighing picked up somewhat in the early 19th century. The Boston Medical Intelligencer advised physicians to record the birth of each infant, with weight and peculiarities of structure or condition, and to update this record annually. Like Stiles before him, the author of this 1826 article had no theory to test, but trusted that patterns would emerge from masses of data. Advertisements for bibles with pages designed for registering vital statistics first appeared about the same time.

Popular attention to the subject increased markedly after the Civil War. Readers of Godey's Lady's Book learned about a "wee morsel of a baby" trussed up in papa's new bandanna handkerchief and "swung from the hook of a pair of steelyards, as if it had been born into cannibal country, and were to be disposed of in the shambles, at so much per pound." "Weighing the Baby"—a poem by Ethel Lynn (aka Ethel Lynn Beers)—celebrated the emotional weight of parental love as well as the physical weight of the child. John Rogers's "Weighing the Baby"—a whimsical plaster statuette introduced in the U S. centennial year of 1876—was a big hit, with thousands of example sold. The Family Record, Biographic and Photographic (1868) was designed to hold photographic portraits, as well as data on heights and weights at different ages.

The necessity of weighing babies

The first thing after a child is to cut the umbilical cord, and then weigh the baby. When the baby cries, the nurse or doctor who is in charge of delivering the baby will report the joy to the family and tell the family the weight of the baby. So why do medical workers have to report weight to their families? here are the reasons why the baby is born and weighed.

Weight of Newborn Is An Important Marker To Measure The Growth of Baby

Newborns are weighed on baby scales after birth, and baby scales in hospitals are more accurate than family ones. According to big data, the average birth weight of a newborn is 3000 grams. The normal range is 2500-4000 grams. The factors that affect the weight of the newborn are the gestational weeks, the foetal number, the health status of the pregnant women, the hobby, the nutritional status and so on. Measuring neonatal weight can not only distinguish the body condition of children, but also monitor the amount of drugs and fluid infusion data.

An Important Sign of A Baby's Health

The average birth weight of a baby is 3 kg. Normal boys are heavier than girls. The babies with the parents who are tall and fat are also heavier. If the weight of the baby is below the average body weight, but not less than 2.5 kg, it is a normal weight infant. In fact, the baby is overweight or the weight is too light to affect the healthy growth of the baby. And can even lead to high blood pressure, diabetes and other patients after the child grows up. 

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