Medicine dosing by weight in the home: Can parents accurately weigh preschool children? A method comparison study

Costelloe, Céire, Montgomery, A., Redmond, N., Fletcher, M., Hollinghurst, S., Peters, T. and Hay, A. (2011) Medicine dosing by weight in the home: Can parents accurately weigh preschool children? A method comparison study. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 96 (12). pp. 1187-1190. ISSN 0003-9888

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Abstract

Objective To determine the accuracy with which parents can estimate preschool children’s weight using home scales in order to calculate antipyretic dose. Design Cross-sectional, method comparison study. Setting and participants 156 preschool children aged 6 months to 6 years recruited from primary care and the community to an antipyretic strategies trial and managed at home. Comparison and outcome measures Research nurse weight estimate using Seca 835-2 digital paediatric scales compared with parental weight estimate using usual home scales. Results Parents of 62 (40%) preschool children had home scales. Research scale estimated weights were heavier than home scale weight estimates, with a mean difference of 0.41 kg (95% CI −0.24 to 0.74 kg), with 95% limits of agreement of −2.44 to 1.47 kg. Conclusion Weight can be estimated accurately enough to calculate antipyretic medicine doses by the minority of parents having scales that can be used to estimate their child’s weight

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Available online before print: 10/08/11
Uncontrolled Keywords:medicine dosing by weight, home, preschool children
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
ID Code:15664
Deposited By: Professor M. Fletcher
Deposited On:06 Sep 2011 15:39
Last Modified:20 Sep 2013 05:55

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