Infant weighing machine, London, England, 1890-1930
These cast iron scales weighed infants up to 25lbs. They were made by Salter and supplied by W. H. Bailey & Son. The removable basket is made of cane. Weighing babies at special infant welfare clinics became common in many Western countries after the First World War. Monitoring a child’s growth rate checks their early development. It can also highlight medical conditions or the presence of disease. Clinics monitored babies and advised mothers on childcare.
Related Themes and Topics
The branch of medicine dealing with the medical care of children, infants and adolescents. The patient age limit is usually 14-18, depending on the country. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a paediatrician.
Glossary: baby weigher
Set of scales or other type of balance (balance scales or spring type) used to assertain the weight of a baby or small infant
Glossary: scales - weighing device
Instruments for determining the weight of objects or substances.