Medical University of South Carolina Hospital logo
Home |  Video Library | Podcast Library | e-Newsletters | Classes & Events | About Us | News Blog | University & Colleges 
Contact Us | 843-792-1414
  

Patients & Visitors

Medical Services

Maps & Parking

Health Library

Physician Portal

Careers

Online Services
Health Library
Health Topics A to Z
Clinical Trials & Research
Tests & Procedures
Lab Tests & Results
Health Assessment Tools
Treatment Options
Symptom Checker
Health e-Newsletters
Podcast Library
Video Library
Health Library
Bookmark Page icon Bookmark |

Print this page icon

|

E-mail icon

Health Library : Normal Newborn

 

Measurements

Assessing a newborn's weight

A baby's birthweight is an important indicator of health. The average weight for term babies (born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation) is about 7 lbs (3.2 kg). In general, small babies and very large babies are more likely to have problems. Babies are weighed daily in the nursery to assess growth and fluid and nutrition needs. Newborn babies may lose as much as 10 percent of their birthweight. This means that a baby weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces at birth might lose as much as 10 ounces in the first few days.

In most cases the metric system is used for weighing babies. This chart will help you convert grams to pounds.

Converting grams to pounds and ounces

1 lb. = 453.59237 grams; 1 oz. = 28.349523 grams; 1000 grams = 1 kg.

Pounds
Ounces23456789
09071361181422682722317536294082
19361389184322962750320336574111
29641417187123252778323236854139
39921446189923532807326037144167
410211474192823812835328937424196
510491503195624102863331737704224
610771531198424382892334537994252
711061559201324662920337438274281
811341588204124952948340238564309
911621616207025232977343038844337
1011911644209825513005345939124366
1112191673212625803033348739414394
1212471701215526083062351539694423
1312761729218326373090354439974451
1413041758221126653118357240264479
1513321786224026933147360040544508

What other measurements are taken of the newborn?

Other measurements are also taken of each baby. These include:

  • Head circumference. The distance around the baby's head (head circumference is normally about 1/2 the baby's body length plus 10 cm).
  • Abdominal circumference. The distance around the abdomen.
  • Length. The measurement from crown of head to the heel.

Click here to view the
Online Resources of Normal Newborn


 Sources & References

OUR SERVICES

 Find an MUSC Doctor:
 »Neonatology


 

RELATED INFORMATION

About This Site   |   Disclaimer   |  Privacy   |   Accessibility   |   Donations   |   Site Map
171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403 1.843.792.1414 | © 2014 Medical University of South Carolina

mobile web site iconrss feed iconText Messaging iconPodcast Library