Human touch to detect hypothermia in neonates in Indian slum dwellings

Siddharth Agarwal, Vani Sethi, Karishma Srivastava, Prabhat Jha, Abdullah Baqui

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Objective: To assess the validity of human touch (HT) method to measure hypothermia compared against axillary digital thermometry (ADT) and study association of hypothermia with poor suckle and underweight status in newborns and environmental temperature in 11 slums of Indore city, India. Methods: Field supervisors of slum-based health volunteers measured body temperature of 152 newborns by HT and ADT, observed suckling and weighed newborns. Underweight status was determined using WHO growth standards. Results: Hypothermia prevalence (axillary temperature

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-762
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010



  • Hypothermia
  • Newborn
  • Urban poor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)

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