Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Module: Accurately Weighing and Measuring: Technique



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 charts.

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.

In this module ‘length’ refers to the measurement technique for infants. Length is measured in the recumbent position. ‘Stature’ refers to the child and adolescent ‘height’ measure. Stature is measured standing.


  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

Table of Contents for this Module and Printable Version of this Module

Estimated Time Needed to Complete the Module

To read through text: 20 minutes
To read through text and complete exercises: 25 minutes

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