Fetal malnutrition is the major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, so early detection is essential to salvage the life of the newborns.
Aims and objectives: To assess the nutritional status of live, single, full term neonates by CAN SCORE.
Materials and methods: Prospective Study carried out from July 2008 to September 2010. Total 1400 consecutive, live, single, full term neonates delivered during this period were studied. A pre-designed proforma was applied to all.
Results: According to CAN SCORE, 519 (37.1%) subjects were diagnosed as malnourished as compared to Lubchenco (23%). On the other hand, Ponderal Index diagnosed 40.8% as malnourished, out of which only 297 (52%) were malnourished by CAN SCORE. Of remaining 829 babies diagnosed as well nourished by Ponderal Index, 222(26.8%) were malnourished by CAN SCORE.
Conclusion: CAN SCORE is a practical, simple method to diagnose fetal (neonatal) malnutrition.