Happy new year from all at Marsden!
And to mark the arrival of a new year, we’ve got an arrival of our own to bring you.
The Marsden M-320 is a brand new baby scale, which combines Class III Approved accuracy with a lightweight, easy to carry design - perfect for health visitors and midwives. Here is all you need to know about the new scale.
Pediatric scales are designed for weighing infants. The Royal College of Pediatrics 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. In the UK, as part of the National Child Measurement Programme, a child is then weighed when they first start primary school.
Baby scales at home are ideal if parents want to check their baby’s weight more frequently, however, and in this blog post we look at when and how your baby should be weighed.
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.
2500 children are severely obese; in reception 25% of children are overweight and this increases to 40% by Year 6. Since 2006, children in Reception and Year 6 have been weighed as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). But in certain parts of the country weighing is now taking place annually - and this could soon be rolled out nationwide.
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.
An increasing number of parents now work away from home so grandparent care is becoming more common, according to this NHS article.
Yet more can still be done to reduce the epidemic which is affecting 1.9 billion adults and costing the global economy £1.6tn. The UK is set to be the most obese country in Europe, with Marsden research finding that GPs see more than four or more obese patients every day.
This October has seen even more revelations about obesity. According to the BBC, children and teenage obesity levels have risen ten-fold in the last forty years – and are now affecting 124 million children worldwide.
Measuring urine output by weighing nappies is common practice in neonatal intensive care.
The most widely used technique in the UK is to weigh the nappy before and after a period of nursing care.
However, this runs the risk of contamination and evaporation affecting estimations. So here is how it should be done.