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Maternal Newborn Nursing: Newborn Measurements and Vital Signs

Newborn measurements: Nursing terms and measurement conversions, vital signs
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Newborn weight range (grams)
2500-4000 grams
Newborn weight range (lbs)
5.5 - 8 lbs 13 oz
2500-4000 grams
Newborn weight range (grams)
5.5 - 8 lbs 13 oz
Newborn weight range (lbs)
Newborn length range (cm)
46-56 cm
Newborn length range (inches)
18-22 inches
46-56 cm
Newborn length range (cm)
18-22 inches
Newborn length range (inches)
Newborn head circumference (cm)
32-37 cm
Newborn head circumference (inches)
12.5-14.5 inches
32-37 cm
Newborn head circumference (cm)
12.5-14.5 inches
Newborn head circumference (inches)
Newborn chest circumference (cm)
30-35 cm
Newborn chest circumference (inches)
12-14 inches
30-35 cm
Newborn chest circumference (cm)
12-14 inches
Newborn chest circumference (inches)
Average chest circumference cm (in)
32 cm (12.5 in)
Newborn respiratory rate
30 to 60/min
30 to 60/min
Newborn respiratory rate
Newborn heart rate
100-160 bpm
100-160 bpm
Newborn heart rate
Newborn blood pressure (systolic)
60-80mm Hg
60-80mm Hg
Newborn blood pressure (systolic)
Newborn blood pressure (diastolic)
40-50mm Hg
40-50mm Hg
Newborn blood pressure (diastolic)
Newborn temperature (axillary)
97.7-98.9 degrees f
97.7-98.9 degrees f
Newborn temperature (axillary)
1 kg = ___ lbs ?
2.2
___kg = 1 lbs ?
.45
1 cm = ___ inches ?
.39
1 inch = ____ cm
2.54
3405 grams , 7 lb 8 oz
Average newborn weight (g,lb oz)
198g , 7 oz
growth per week for the first 6 months
5%-10%, 15%
physiological weight loss for term, and preterm newborns
50 cm , 20 inches
Average newborn length (cm, inches)
2.5cm , 1 inch
Average length growth per month for the first 6 months
Cephalhematoma
a collection of blood resulting from ruptured blood vessels between the surface of a cranial bone (usually parietal) and the periosteal membrane. Common in vertex births, may disappear w/in 2 to 3 weeks. Does not corss suture lines.
Caput succedaneum
is a localized, easily identifiable, soft area of the scalp, generally resulting from a long and difficult labor or vacuum extraction. Extra fluid should be reabsorbed within 12 hours after birth. Crosses suture lines.
2 cm
Head circumference should be _____ larger than chest circumference.
3-4 cm long x 2-3 cm wide , diamond shaped
Anterior fontanelle
1-2 cm at birth, triangle shaped
Posterior fontanelle