Abstract

The weighing of children is an essential skill for nurses caring for children of all ages. (For the purposes of this document, the term child is used to refer to an infant, child or young person under the age of 19 years).

The guidance focuses primarily on the weighing of children in the acute hospital setting and its key aims are to identify best practice and to ensure consistency in practice across the UK. It outlines the RCN's position in relation to the weighing of infants, children and young people and includes guidance on preparing them for weighing, timing and frequency of growth measurement, record keeping, auditing and benchmarking.