Validity of mothers' reports of children's weight in Japan

Nobuyuki Nosaka, Takeo Fujiwara, Emily Knaup, Ayumi Okada, Hirokazu Tsukahara

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Estimation methods for pediatric weight have not been evaluated for Japanese children. This study aimed to assess the accuracy of mothers' reports of their children's weight in Japan. We also evaluated potential alternatives to the estimation of weight, including the Broselow tape (BT), Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS), and Park's formulae. We prospectively collected cross-sectional data on a convenience sample of 237 children aged less than 10 years who presented to a general pediatric outpatient clinic with their mothers. Each weight estimation method was evaluated using Bland- Altman plots and by calculating the proportion within 10 and 20 of the measured weight. Mothers' reports of weight were the most accurate method, with 94.9 within 10 of the measured weight, the lowest mean difference (0.27kg), and the shortest 95 limit of agreement (-1.4 to 1.9kg). The BT was the most reliable alternative, followed by APLS and Park's formulae. Mothers' reports of their children 's weight are more accurate than other weight estimation methods. When no report of a child's weight by the mother is available, BT is the best alternative. When an aged-based formula is the only option, the APLS formula is preferred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Body weight
  • Child
  • Estimation techniques
  • Mothers
  • Parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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