|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 794-795
Vivek Shah, Sandeep B Bavdekar
Department of Pediatrics, TN Medical College and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai 400 008, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||19-Sep-2017|
|Date of Web Publication||13-Apr-2018|
Sandeep B Bavdekar
Department of Pediatrics, TN Medical College and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai Central, Mumbai 400 008, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Shah V, Bavdekar SB. Authors' response. Indian J Med Res 2017;146:794-5
We thank Al-Mendalawi for his interest in our study . Our study  was carried out in a public hospital in India, which mainly provides care to children from the disadvantaged sections of the society. Although obesity in children is an emerging problem worldwide, none of the study participants was obese.
Some studies have shown that the Pediatric Advanced Weight Prediction in the Emergency Room (PAWPER) tape is more accurate in predicting the correct weight as compared to Broselow tape ,,; others have suggested that the PAWPER tape has not been able to replicate its initial impressive performance  and that none of the currently available methods is optimum . Adjusting the estimated weight based on body habitus seems to be theoretically advantageous, but Georgoulas and Wells  have stated that such adjustments have had only a minimal impact on the overall performance of the PAWPER tape.
We are unable to state equivocally if PAWPER tape provides more accurate estimation of children's weight than the Broselow tape in our population or in obese children, as we have not done a head-to-head comparison. It is a research question worth exploring in Indian paediatric population.
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