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Narnia72 Sat 04-Feb-17 07:54:36

Does this matter? My son had his reception weight and height plotted by the school nurse. I checked his BMI from their measurements and he came back as overweight. He definitely isnt, you can see his ribs and his 4-5 trousers fall down on him. So I rechecked his measurements at home, and allowing for individual discrepancies, it seems they've written his height down as 102 cm when he's actually 112. Based on these measurements he's on the 12th centile, rather than the 93rd. Would you contact them and ask them to adjust his records? For context, I'm obese, and am very anxious about weight. I work really hard to ensure my kids have a healthy diet and lots of exercise, so I appreciate I might be being excessive about this. I don't want him officially recording as being overweight when he's not. I don't know what happens with the records though. Does anyone know?

Screwinthetuna Sat 04-Feb-17 07:55:47

It's obviously bothering you so yes, I would

Catlady1976 Sat 04-Feb-17 07:58:05

I would.

KayTree87 Sat 04-Feb-17 07:59:53


FreedomMummy Sat 04-Feb-17 08:01:48

Yes I would.

AlwaysDancing1234 Sat 04-Feb-17 08:01:52

Yes I would, mistakes are easily made and should be just as easily rectified.

RainbowDashian Sat 04-Feb-17 08:06:20

If it bothers you then yes I would. I would also be careful about "working really hard" to ensure your kids aren't overweight. You shouldn't need to work hard at it. They aren't overweight so be careful not to pass your issues on to them.

Chelazla Sat 04-Feb-17 08:07:32

Personally I wouldn't bother my dd got hers yesterday and was fine but I know next year ds will probably come back over weight. He's not fat at all he's a little tank! I think they are a way of identifying big problems and offering help. If they mention it to you then tell them they're wrong. It's great your kids are so healthy, well done op!

Chelazla Sat 04-Feb-17 08:10:08

I disagree, I think with the crap, easily accessible food and electronic tablets that all kids have you do have to work harder than our parents did to keep your kids healthy. I think it's great you're doing that op.

QuackDuckQuack Sat 04-Feb-17 08:13:35

I would because they should get the feedback that they have made an error. I know no one's perfect, but it's better to know and to be able to consider the impact of errors.

PlaymobilPirate Sat 04-Feb-17 08:18:13

Yes - doctors wanted to investigate ds for dwarfism when he was 18 months as he'd 'stopped growing' (there were some other issues but I knew he was growing!)

Turns out 2 nurses had plotted him wrongly on the chart at his checks (and I hadn't checked) but we had a stressful couple of months arguing with specialists over it.

Narnia72 Sat 04-Feb-17 08:18:37

Thanks all, I think I will.

Rainbow - by working really hard I mean I make sure they are active, they have balanced meals cooked from scratch 90% of the time, that pudding - if it's offered is usually fruit, and they are allowed access to crap in moderation and it's not linked to rewards or treats. We never talk about diets or fat/thin, and we talk positively about what food gives us - calcium for strong healthy bones etc. One of my children has my genetic makeup, she's built exactly like me, but isn't overweight. I grew up feeling I'd be much more acceptable to my (thin) parents if I wasn't chubby at that stage, swiftly going into overweight by age 19 and then obese.

So I try to give them the message that appearance is not important in deciding someone's worth, and also a message about making sure you give your body the right balance of foods to keep it healthy and strong. I really don't want to pass on my food issues to my kids.

Narnia72 Sat 04-Feb-17 08:20:33

Playmobil - that's terrible. How stressful for you.

NoCleanClothes Sat 04-Feb-17 08:23:02

Like others I see no harm in having them changed to correct values (otherwise what's the point of taking them at all). It's not like you're storming down there and raising hell you just want the correct measurements recorded.

NoCleanClothes Sat 04-Feb-17 08:24:10

P.S. sounds like you're setting your kids up for a great attitude to food and their bodies.

brokenheartdog Sat 04-Feb-17 08:30:26

I would tell them. Mostly because stuff like that here triggers access to active sessions and stuff and I wouldn't want to take a place from a child who actually needs it but wouldn't want to look like I wasn't engaging by refusing the sessions

Megatherium Sat 04-Feb-17 08:30:31

Yes, you need to correct it - otherwise there may be alarm bells next time when the ratios suddenly change so dramatically.

temporarilyjerry Sat 04-Feb-17 08:52:59

sounds like you're setting your kids up for a great attitude to food and their bodies

It's a bloody minefield. I'd get it changed for the reason brokenheartdog says.

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Sat 04-Feb-17 08:57:25

Imagine building a bridge..

Think how it would be if the engineer building the arch built it 102 m long when the gap between the foundations is 110 meters.

NotMyPenguin Sat 04-Feb-17 09:27:19

Yes, it's important that these measurements should be accurate, so I'd definitely point out if they've made a mistake.

lljkk Sat 04-Feb-17 10:10:39

I think I'd want them to know so they make fewer mistakes in future. Not for any other reason.

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