Anthropometry is a branch of science dealing with quantitative measurements of the human body. Pediatric anthropometric measurements are traditionally used by pediatricians, to analyze and evaluate the growth of infants, and diagnose abnormality, disease condition, or genetic disorder, if any, at an early phase of life. Measuring infant’s growth has been an important surveillance parameter in pediatric health care segment, which helps the health care professional to identify weight (overweight or underweight) and other growth deficiencies owing to any underlying medical condition. In pediatrics, major infant measurement parameters include height, weight, head-circumference, weight-height ratio, and others. Various measurement devices are offered in the market by domestic and multinational players, which are used by pediatricians to asses these vital parameters.
There is a rising awareness regarding pediatric measurement practices, especially in emerging countries, such as China, India, Brazil, etc. Various government initiatives to promote health and well-being of infants have raised the standards of pediatric health care in these countries, leading to an increasing number of parents, along with health care professionals adopting pediatric measurement practices and policies. This is a major driver of demand for pediatric measurement devices in these countries, which is subsequently driving the overall market. Moreover, rise in incidence of chronic diseases among infants, along with prevalence of malnutrition, obesity, and other lifestyle diseases, is raising the focus on health care facilities toward initial screening programs, which include pediatric measurement as a standard program. This, combined with rising number of childbirth every year in emerging countries, is a key factor expected to propel the demand for pediatric measurement devices from 2018-2026. Rise in demand for pediatric measurement devices has created lucrative opportunities in the global market and low entry barriers have attracted several domestic and regional players toward entering the market, intensifying the price competition, resulting in shrinking prices of products. This, in turn, is projected to boost the consumption of pediatric measurement devices from 2018-2026. However, lack of compliance on the part of general population toward programs and policies regarding pediatric measurement is a major factor restraining the growth of the global pediatric measurement devices market.
The global pediatric measurement devices market can be segmented on the basis of product type, application, modality, end-user, and region. Based on product type, the global pediatric measurement devices market can be divided into measuring tapes, measuring rods, mattresses, measuring trays, and others. Among product types, the measuring rods segment dominated the global market in 2017. Based on application, the global pediatric measurement devices market can be classified into height, weight, body mass index (BMI), head circumference, and others. Based on modality, the global pediatric measurement devices market can be categorized into fixed and mobile devices. The mobile devices segment is projected to register a comparatively high CAGR from 2018-2026. Based on end-user, the global pediatric measurement devices market can be segmented into hospitals, day-care centers, pediatric clinics, and others.
In terms of region, the global pediatric measurement devices market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America dominated the global pediatric measurement devices market in 2017 and is expected to continue its dominance from 2018 to 2026. High awareness among general population and better implementation of pediatric measurement programs and policies in the U.S. and Canada are the major factors expected to lead to a higher share of the region in the global market. The pediatric measurement devices market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand significantly between 2018 and 2026 owing to increasing population and rising awareness among people regarding implemented policies.
Key players operating in the global pediatric measurement devices market include Performance Health, MED-ELECTRONICS, Charder Electronic Co, Ltd., seca, KERN & SOHN GmbH, Davi&Cia, Sunbeam Products, Inc., and Marsden Weighing Group.
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