A baby weighing scale must be calibrated at least once a week. Calibration can be checked in the unit against known standard weights ranging from gms to kgs. For e.g. 100 gms and 1 kg or 2 kg.
It depends on the unit where the scale would be used. For e.g. If the weighing scale is to be used for the newborn unit exclusively, machines with a range of up to 5-7 kg with a resolution of ± 1 gm would be ideal.
A single weighing scale in the unit could be a possible source of infection. Commonly available disinfectants like savlon, cidex or detergent and water may be used to clean the pan. Spirit/alcohol should be avoided as it can damage the pan material or LED display. If the baby pan is detachable major stains like blood and stools can be cleaned with a detergent and water.
Monitoring an infant's weight throughout their development period is crucial in the understanding the overall health and in deciding the adequate nutrition required by the young child. Therefore pediatric baby scales are a must-have piece of equipment in delivery rooms, doctors' offices and clinics.
Features of a pediatric scale include that they are:
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