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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.

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Glossary: paediatrics

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.