Starting February 1, 2019, Southwestern Public Health will no longer routinely weigh babies.
For many years, public health has been a place where parents and caregivers have had their babies weighed, as well as received information, support and encouragement about newborn and child health. With new information available, however, we have changed our practice and will no longer routinely weigh babies starting February 1, 2019.
According to the World Health Organization Growth Charts of Canada, children should be weighed and measured by their primary health care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner) at all regularly scheduled well-child visits or when the child is ill. These visits are generally scheduled for 1 – 2 weeks after birth, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months and then once per year after 2 years of age.
Because there is a wide range of normal for baby growth, with periods of fast growth or periods of very slow to no growth, weighing more often or sporadically may lead to caregiver stress and anxiety. Our Public Health Nurses will continue to assess each child individually, and if there are problems identified, the decision to weigh may be made.
We still welcome you to call or drop-in to the health unit for immediate support, especially with breastfeeding or other Health Babies Healthy Children needs. Do you have further questions about baby weighing? Please call us at 519-631-9900.
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