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To tell my HV I will NOT restrict DS's food intake

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thefuturesnotourstosee Wed 07-Aug-13 17:05:14

we've just come home from DS's one year HV check. DS has alwiays been a big baby and today he measured the 99th centile for both weight and height.

HV told me he was overweight and I should restrict his food intake. I told her I wanted to talk to the GP about this as I disagreed with her and she told me "he should be no higher than the 80th centile, you're clearly overfeeding him its obvious you don't need the doctor to tell you that".

I politely told her Id seek a second opinion scooped up DS and walked out.

Had his weight and height been substantially out of proportion I may have engaged but I don't think there's a problem. AIBU?

UnevenTan Wed 07-Aug-13 17:06:21

Did she calculate his bmi? There are instructions in the newer red books for dong this. If what you have written is what she said, then it wounds like she needs retraining, both in using the measures and communications.

YouTheCat Wed 07-Aug-13 17:06:51

She's an idiot.

UnevenTan Wed 07-Aug-13 17:06:52

Also, can u tell us the actual numbers and his exact age?

HaveTeaWillSurvive Wed 07-Aug-13 17:08:25

Yanbu, seems fairly self explanatory if the height and weight are roughly in line your child is tracking normally but see stories like this on here all the time.

alreadytaken Wed 07-Aug-13 17:08:38

how mad, I'd want a different health visitor in future.

McNewPants2013 Wed 07-Aug-13 17:09:12

I wouldn't even bother with a gp appointment.

It sounds like he is following is own line on the charts.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 07-Aug-13 17:09:55

Why don't you put his stats in the NHS BMI calculator (too lazy to link) and tell her she is talking out of her arse.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Wed 07-Aug-13 17:11:27

If every child was below the 80th centile there would be no centiles above there would there? She is wrong to say all children need to be below that. The fact that his length is on the same centile means he is in proportion really.
It wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion, but do not reduce your childs food intake unless a GP / paediatrician tells you to.

Doobiedoobedoobie Wed 07-Aug-13 17:11:42

No, she was a twat. At 12 months old, even if he was on the 50th for height and the 98th for weight, I wouldn't be restricting intake (aussuming of course the diet being offered is a good one, not mashed up mcdonalds wink )12 bloody months!

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Wed 07-Aug-13 17:13:39

I thought they were only concerned if there were more than 2 centiles between height and weight. So she is wrong.

BlingLoving Wed 07-Aug-13 17:13:39

THat is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the percentile system! By definition, a minimum of 19 of the children she sees out of every 100 should be above the 80th percentile! And if he's in proportion, what on earth is the issue? Ignore ignore ignore.

zatyaballerina Wed 07-Aug-13 17:13:58

Has he always been on the 99 centile? His weight seems to be balanced with his height, what she says about him needing to be on or below the 80 centile sounds ridiculous given his height. Get him checked out by your gp just to be on the safe side.

soapnuts Wed 07-Aug-13 17:14:25

What a ridiculous thing to say - so she's saying no one should be above 80th percentile - Er no she clearly doesn't understand percentiles - if everyone was 80% or less then 80% wouldn't be 80% - it would be 100%!! Maybe a problem if the height and weight are vastly out (and that's still just a maybe) but if both tracking then she's talking our of her arse!

Whothefuckfarted Wed 07-Aug-13 17:14:55

As long as it follows a general curve you've nothing to worry about. Some babies have to be in the upper centile and some babies have to be in the lower centile.

No baby/child should ever be restricted with food as long as they eat a balanced diet and are active.

Justforlaughs Wed 07-Aug-13 17:16:07

Ignore her. I'd go to the GP but only to flag the idiocy of this HV, not to ask for advice.

Cakebaker35 Wed 07-Aug-13 17:17:39

HV is an idiot. V depressing you see so much of this sort of rubbish advice. A everyone has said, he is tracking a centile which is just fine.

Sirzy Wed 07-Aug-13 17:18:22

Sounds like madness, but possibly a good time for you to think about what he does eat and if it is too much/wrong things?

wickeddevil Wed 07-Aug-13 17:20:31

What everyone else said!

Worth mentioning his activity levels too. Not uncommon for children to be chunky just before they start walking. Then just watch them change.

Your DS sounds like he's in proportion but I certainly would be reluctant to reduce food intake in a toddler who is about to become very active.

MoominsYonisAreScary Wed 07-Aug-13 17:23:57

Ds3 was off the chart for weight and height at his year check, the hv wasn't concerned.

He started off right at the bottom at a tiny 4lb 4 grin

He's still huge now at 2.5. We've just had to buy him a new carseat as he's too big for his 0-4 year one

thefuturesnotourstosee Wed 07-Aug-13 17:24:50

87cm and 28 pounds IIRC (red book in car with dp)

He crawls and pulls to standing but not walking yet

He mainly eats what we eat. Fruit, fish, meat, veg, cereal, pasta, potatoes. Family food really. Odd pudding here and there. He's still breastfed for milk.

CoffeeOne Wed 07-Aug-13 17:26:05

Restricting food for a one year old? Bonkers. You know your DS, if he's always been a big baby and seems fine to you, carry on doing what you're doing.

Thepowerof3 Wed 07-Aug-13 17:29:53

Ignore her, someone I worked with got told at a clinic that her daughter was going to be 6 1/2 to 7 foot as an adult! They put up screens around her when breaking the news, her DD is now in her 20s and 5 ft 7

secretscwirrels Wed 07-Aug-13 17:29:56

She is talking rubbish.
Both my boys were the same, they were EBF and both had reflux yet they stayed above the 95th centile until they were walking. Truly they were fat babies.
Now both teenagers and well over 6' tall they both weigh 10.5 stone so skinny.

TeddyPickleStick Wed 07-Aug-13 17:35:56

Depends. Are you over feeding him and is he overweight?

If no to both , then ignore her. If yes, then you need to take her advice.

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