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Training Module: Accurately Weighing and Measuring: Technique

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6. Weighing Children and Adolescents: Procedures

For all children, there is a need to respect privacy. Privacy includes where the measurements are taken, clothing removal, provision of gowns, describing the measuring process, and interpreting the numbers.

The child or adolescent is weighed wearing only lightweight undergarments, or gown. The child or adolescent stands on the center of the platform of the scale.

The weight of the individual is recorded to the nearest 0.01 kg or 1/2 oz.

Child being weighed   Check Child or adolescent wears lightweight undergarments, gown, or lightweight outer clothing
  Check Child or adolescent stands on center of scale platform

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