Liverpool Growth Study: Neonate Anthropometric Standards

  • P. H. Dangerfield
  • C. J. Taylor


The measurement of body dimensions and the placental weight is known to give a guide to later growth patterns (O’Connell, E.J., Feldt, R.H. and Stickler, G.B., 1970; Winick, M. and Rosse, P., 1969; Badson, S.G., 1970; Davis, P.S. and Davis, J.P., 1970; Zamenhof, M. and Holzman, G.B`., 1973), but with the exception of weight, length and head circumference, the routine measurement of neonates has been neglected. Techniques for accurate measurement were established as early as 1931 but few current anthropometric standards exist (Backwin, H. and Backwin, R.M., 1931; Gairdner, D, and Pearson, J., 1971; Tanner, J.M. and Whitehouse, R.H., 1973). The present paper presents reliable methods of anthropometric measurement of neonates and a series of normal values bases on these techniques.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. H. Dangerfield
    • 1
  • C. J. Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolEngland
  2. 2.Alder Hey Children’s HospitalLiverpoolEngland

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