Weighing Babies in NICU

 

Reviewed by Clinical Practice Committee
June 2015
Weight on Admission to NICU Level 3 Infants Level 2 Infants Discharge Weight Additional Notes References

Weight on Admission to NICU

All babies are to have a weight on admission to NICU.

Level 3 Infants

The nursing weight chart is not required unless a specific medical request to document each weight.

Level 2 Infants

Discharge Weight

 

Additional notes

  • When there are concerns over weight gain/weight loss for any baby in the service, a nursing weight chart will be completed showing each weight clearly. This chart will be an important document for both medical and nursing carers.

References:

1 Tyer, N., Srinivasan, R., Evans, K., Ward, L., Cheung, W-Y. & Matthew, J. Impact of an early weighing policy on neonatal hypernatraemic dehydaration and breastfeeding. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2008. 93, 297-299.
2 Leven, L. & Macdonald, P. Reducing the incidence of neonatal hypernataemic dehydration. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2008. 93, 811.