Weighing your bundle of joy is both an exciting and necessary process. As proud parents, family, and friends, we all love to know how much our babies weigh at birth and often play guessing games or make predictions during the pregnancy.
For medical professionals present at the birth, gaining an accurate weight measurement of the newborn child is a vital, initial observation that provides a starting point for the baby’s growth.
When it comes to choosing the right medical scales, Marsden is here to help. As the largest provider of scales to NHS hospitals and with a broad medical range to choose from, we’ve a medical scale for every need.
Marsden’s M-4XX series floor and baby scales are highly accurate digital medical scales for hospitals and GP surgeries - capable of weighing patients of all ages.
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Paediatric scales are designed for weighing infants. The Royal College of Paediatric s and Child Health has advised that all children between 2 and 18 should be weighed annually.
Measuring a baby’s weight is essential if you want to see if he or she is growing as they should. As a parent, it provides peace of mind in those early months and years when you want to know that your child is healthy.
Usually, babies are weighed at birth and then on a regular basis by a midwife or health visitor.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted Marsden medical scales on various news platforms yesterday as part of the push against childhood obesity.
Marsden are working closely with the NHS CHAMP (Children’s Health and Monitoring Programme) initiative to help reduce obesity in schools - and NHS CHAMP featured on BBC Breakfast to explain how they are fighting the obesity crisis.
Weighing children has been an integral part of monitoring health since the 19th century - when Dr Edward Reynold declared “Nothing is more important in the routine care of infancy than the daily weighing of the child.”
Since then, whether children should be weighed has caused some debate. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver even weighed in on the subject in 2015 - encouraging schools to weigh pupils more often.
Whether grandchildren are being spoilt by grandparents by indulging them with unhealthy food has long been a cause of friction between families.
Now evidence has found that childhood obesity is more likely to occur in children that are cared for by grandparents.