Variable AN2 : Child's length or height

Type: Continuous
Format: numeric
Width: 6
Decimal(s): 1
Range: 42.5-999.9
Valid case(s): 3186 (3186.3)
Invalid: 23 (0.8)
Minimum: 42.5
Maximum: 999.9

File: ch

Children aged 0-4
Source of information
Measured by the field staff


Value Category
999.9 Missing
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.

Child's length or height.
Check age of child in UF11:

Child under 2 years old. Measure length (lying down).

Child age 2 or more years. Measure height (standing up).
Interviewer instructions
Weights and heights of all eligible children under five in the household will be measured after all the Questionnaires for Children Under Five are completed. However, if some respondents or children have to leave the household before all questionnaires in the household have been completed, or if a call-back has to be made to interview another respondent, it is best to complete the measurements on those children who are present. The most important thing is not to miss measuring those who are eligible.

Measurement of heights and weights will normally be the responsibility of field editors. Each fieldwork team will have one set of measuring boards and weighing scales. Therefore, once you have completed the questionnaires and are ready to start anthropometric measurements, you should call upon field editors to join you in the household, together with the equipment.

Although the field editor will be the main team member responsible for anthropometric measurements, you will also receive training on how to weigh and measure children. In some cases, the entrance of field editors to the household may not be possible; in such cases, you may yourself perform the measurements, with the assistance of the mother. 

Each child will be weighed and measured, and the results will be recorded in his/her questionnaire. Be sure the weight for each child is recorded on the correct questionnaire. Procedures for weight and height measurements are discussed in detail in Appendix Five. This section is confined to explaining how the results will be coded.


Check the age of the child in UF11. If the child is under 2 years old, check the appropriate box, measure and record recumbent length (that is, lying down), to the nearest tenth of a centimetre. If the child is age two or older, check the corresponding box and then measure and record standing height. Write a zero first if the number of centimetres is two digits.
Generated: MAR-18-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit