Medical

Newborn Care-Care of LBW Babies

About the Course

In this module you will learn how to identify low birth weight (LBW) newborns and classify them as preterm and/or Small for Gestational Age (SGA). You will learn how to interpret growth charts and how to use the Ballard score to interpret the infant’s gestational age. 

Learning Objectives

Once you have completed this module, you should be able to:

  • Use growth charts to identify infants who are Small for Gestational Age (SGA)
  • Estimate the gestational age using the Ballard score. 
  • List common complications that occur in low-birth-weight newborns.
  • Outline the priorities and principles of management for a LBW baby.
  • Define the admission and discharge criteria for LBW babies.
  • Describe when and why to follow up LBW babies after hospital discharge.

List of Contents

Theory:

  • Background
  • How do we classify LBW babies?
  • Growth Charts
  • The Ballard score
  • Prematurity vs SGA
  • Management priorities in the first hours of life
  • Admission criteria and routine monitoring
  • Discharge and follow up

Application / 4 case studies

Summary / Learning points /Job aid

ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE THE COURSE

60 minutes

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The module is intended for nurses, midwives, clinical officers and medical doctors caring for newborns in MSF projects.

HOW TO ENROL

To access this eLearning module, you need first to enrol in the Newborn Care Learning Hub then select the module and enter the enrolment key.

CERTIFICATION

After completing the module and answering the final quiz with at least 80% correct responses learners are entitled a Tembo completion badge and a certificate.

TRAINING APPROACH

We recommend printing out the job aid and using the neonatal guideline during the module.

RELEASE DATE :   June 23, 2022