Confused/Annoyed at Height/Weight charts.

Brenda - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )




Soo..I went to my WIC appointment yesterday, so much fun, get to sit there with a four year old and six month old for nearly three hours, and I got flack about Nathan (my four year old) for being too heavy. Okay, so, he's four years and almost five months right now, is 43 inches tall and 49 pounds, yet he is in the 50th percentile for height, and 99th for weight. WTH...only 50th percentile on height? I checked the CDC charts again myself, and that's where he sits, but I can't believe it, he's taller than five and six year old boys we meet. He's always been a top of the charts kind of kid and I got flack from them for his weight a year ago when I took him in. Yet six months ago, they didn't have anything to say about his weight.

Well, I told them he's chunking up for a height growth spurt, which is what he does, eats non stop for a couple weeks, then picks and barely eats for a few weeks. WDYT? I mean, he's a very active boy, and we're stuck in the house a lot due to living in an apartment complex with one of the worst play areas I've seen, I just don't think its safe (one of the old wooden ones with the swings both broken off of it), and we don't live near to another play area. Have any of you run into this issue? Do you think that the older child charts are as inaccurate as the baby ones? Just curious.


Hannah - posted on 12/01/2009




I find those chart bullshit. Pardon. :) They are not supposed to indicate if your child is healthy or the right size or not, its just to compare. Last time I checked nobody is the same, so what exactly is the point of them? The few times I have encountered those people from the health department and medicaid offices they didn't know what they were talking about. But if their almighty charts indicate he is in the 50th percentile then I don't see what they are complaining about. GOOD LUCK!

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