UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MEDICAL FOUNDATION
CLINICAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE
TITLE: MEASURING WEIGHT IN INFANTS
Effective Date: October, 2002 Approval: See Authorization
Supersedes Protocol: None Contact: Clinical Staff Education
Reviewed October, 2003 March, 2005 November, 2007 January, 2008
May 2009 May 2010 October 2011
PURPOSE: To provide guidelines for measuring weight in infants at UWMF clinics.
DEFINITION: The infant’s weight may be measured at birth and at specified intervals
of time to determine the infant’s growth and development. The infant’s weight also may
be measured to determine total body surface area, drug dosages, responsiveness to
treatments, and to determine potential hydration issues.
Clinical staff will utilize the following guidelines to measure the weight of a UWMF
An infant’s weight is to be measured and recorded, rather than simply recording a stated
weight from the parents, guardians or caretaker.
SUPPLIES: Infant scale, Provider’s order, Patient’s record
1. Check provider’s order and clarify any inconsistencies.
2. Wash hands and gather equipment.
3. Introduce yourself to the parent(s)/caregiver(s) and identify the patient by verifying
name and date of birth.
4. Provide good light and provide privacy by closing curtains or door.
5. Explain procedure to the parent(s)/caregiver(s).
6. Review infant’s previous weight.
7. Balance the scale. Place a chux/paper on the scale before balancing scale.
8. Undress the infant, remove diaper and place infant on the scale.
9. Poise your hand, (or have the parent(s)) over the infant’s body while weighing.
10. Discuss the findings with the parent(s)/caregiver(s).
11. Wash hands.
12. Record the infant’s measurement in the patient’s electronic medical record.
Note: If a naked weight was not obtained, a clarification of what clothing was on
the infant should be noted in the comment entry field.
LaVay Morrison RN, BSN, Clinical Staff Educator
Ronnie Peterson, R.N., M.S., Manager of Clinical Support
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