Accuracy of infant admission lengths

Mark R. Corkins, Pam Lewis, Wendy Cruse, Sandeep Gupta, Joseph Fitzgerald

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Objective. A variety of methods are used to assess the length of infants at hospital admission. A tape-measure technique is commonly used; however, this measure is potentially inaccurate. We aimed to assess accuracy of tape measurement of infant lengths by comparison with the more accurate length-board technique. Methods. During a 1-year period, 25 infants who were younger than 36 months were seen for a nutrition consultation. The length obtained at admission was compared with that obtained with a length-board by a trained dietitian. Results. Overall, the lengths varied enough both positively and negatively that no overall statistical difference was seen; however, the average difference between the tape measure and the length-board was 2.23 cm. The change in length resulted in a change in the weight-for-length percentile range in 13 of 25 patients. Conclusion. The more accurate length-board measurement should be applied at the time of admission of an infant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1108-1111
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 13 2002


  • Infant growth parameters
  • Length
  • Length-board

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Corkins, M. R., Lewis, P., Cruse, W., Gupta, S., & Fitzgerald, J. (2002). Accuracy of infant admission lengths. Pediatrics, 109(6), 1108-1111.