oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Anthropometric standards of privileged neonates in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Volume 34, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The study had been undertaken with an objective to assess the anthropometric values of privileged neonates in north-eastern Nigeria. The subjects for the study are neonates born to physically and nutritionally normal mothers between 15-40 years of age and coming from a better socio-economic section of various ethnic groups of Nigeria. One thousand five hundred and thirty full-term singletons, without any antenatal or natal problem have been studied for their weight, length and head circumference. The mean birth weight was observed to be 3,2 ± 0.59 kg. with higher values in males. There was a tendency for the mean birth weight to increase with increase in parity. Ibo neonates were heavier than other ethnic groups. The overall incidence of low birth weight babies was 5.75 percent. Mothers less than 18 years of age had the highest incidence of intrauterine growth retardation. The average values for length were 49.18 ± 2.9 cm and for head circumference 34.72 ± 1.77 cm. Though the mean values for weight, length and head circumference are comparable to American standards, the normal range for large-for-date babies was found to be higher. particularly in Ibo neonates.

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