Gestational age estimation by anthropometry in Nigerian - newborns
Department of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
Mu'uta Ibrahim Department of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto Nigeria
Gestating age (GA) determined by date and Dubowitz criteria was correlated to Birth weight (BW), Head circumference (HC) cumm head length (CHL) and chest circumference (CC) in 113 newborns of gestational age
-43 weeks. correlation coefficient (r), regression equation and 95 percentage confidence limit for estimating gestational age from a single reading of each of these anthropometric measurements was determined. It was concluded that two or three of these simple to measure parameters in combination would be used to estimate gestational age in newborns to within 2 to 3 weeks. This would be especially useful in general hospitals and basic health centres where experienced and highly skilled paediatric manpower or high tech equipment like ultrasound may not be readily available.