Costelloe, Céire, Montgomery, A., Redmond, N., Fletcher, M., Hollinghurst, S., Peters, T. and Hay, A.
Medicine dosing by weight in the home: Can parents
accurately weigh preschool children? A method
Archives of Disease in Childhood, 96 (12).
- Published Version
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2011-300600
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
|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|
Professor M. Fletcher
|Deposited On:||06 Sep 2011 15:39|
|Last Modified:||20 Sep 2013 05:55|
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