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Fat Baby Denied Heath Insurance

Has Your Child's Weight Ever Been an Issue?

Everyone knows that babies come in all different shapes and sizes. That's why it was so odd to hear of a healthy but chubby 4-month-old who was recently denied health insurance coverage. His 99th percentile ranking for height and weight for his age made him ineligible for coverage. The industry standard is to deny a policy for any new patients above the 95th percentile, including babies.

On the flip side, a friend of mine was given a stern talking to about the need for red meat from her mother-in-law because her daughter, a perfectly happy and healthy 9-month old, fell below the 10th percentile for her age group's height and weight. It's hard for any parent to hear that their child does not meet "national standards" and even worse when they are judged or worse, denied health benefits for it.

Thankfully, the Colorado company has rectified the situation and the lil boy is now protected. Has your child's weight ever been an issue?

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SheArtiste SheArtiste 8 years
My daughter was born very early (at 24 weeks) and weighed 900 grams. At a year old, she weighed 9 pounds. The diagnosis was always "failure to thrive" when actually it should have been "coming into the world way too early." I've done my best to encourage her to eat, and endured well-meaning advice to load her foods with fat, or to force her to eat more than she wants. Instead, I emphasized making every meal and snack something nutritious, and getting plenty of exercise. She's 15 years old now, 5 foot 3 and 95 pounds. I think she'll always be tiny, but she's healthy and active, well-muscled and pleased with her figure. She knows she has to eat well and stay active to be healthy, and that a 'healthy weight' covers a wide range of sizes. I'm glad I went with my instinct and didn't force her to eat.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
My friend had one of her girls a couple years ago, and she had to have a c-section because her baby had a big head that wouldn't go through the birth canal, and she ended up being a big and chubby baby. Fast forward to two years later...the child is completely normal sized! As a matter of fact, said friend had another baby girl, and she is TINY compared to her older sister now. They both are thriving, no health issues, growing normally, and has met or exceeded milestones last I heard. So, yeah. there's babies that are just big, and there's babies that are just small, nothing to worry about unless it's abnormal, or they're not thriving. It's pretty stupid about the insurance company denying the baby coverage, though I'm glad they fixed that! (My gut feeling tells me they wouldn't have fixed it if it hadn't gone to the news...)
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Yeah, I know! I was shocked, I just said mmhmm and okay and such because I don't feel like arguing with her and on one income, the wic really is helpful. Milk is so insanely expensive! She had TONS of horrible advice, lol. Like, instead of giving her plain milk, put a package of carnation instant breakfast in all of them. Now, we HAVE given her those because she likes them and if we are going on a car ride very early it's a quick breakfast before a filling brunch, but can you imagine dumping chocolate flavoring into every milk cup? They're going to end up refusing anything that's not flavored. She didn't focus on us as much becuase both my husband and I are short, but the other woman's husband is tall so combined with that and the 10th percentile, she went on and on to her. She told us to only give drinks with meals because kids with low appetites are prone to drinking instead of eating.. So, only 3 drinks a day, and she didn't put any emphasis on drinking water. Yeah.. it was pretty alarming!
FrankiLee FrankiLee 8 years
MissSushi -- I cannot believe the advice the nutritionist gave you! To add butter and sour cream to foods?? That is unreal! We allow our daughter to eat butter in moderation -- but we definitely don't add loads of it. Wow! Good for you for sticking to your guns :) I am from a long line of petite family members -- I myself am not even five feet -- and my boyfriend is not tall, nor does he have a big build in the least. So naturally, our daughter is very petite as well. She's going to be 16 mo. this month and weighs about 20lbs. She is healthy, happy, eats amazingly (I have NO idea where she puts it all!), and has been hitting all of her milestones. She breastfed until she was a year old, so doctors were convinced that she wasn't getting enough from my milk and were wanting me to supplement. I did not supplement her with formula. She was lower on the charts, yes, but she was hitting all of her milestones early if not on time, peeing & pooping normally, etc. etc. We eat a totally organic diet and she gets everything she needs. So although I get comments constantly about how tiny she is, I know she's doing just fine!
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Yup, we get wic and I just had to go in for a health education meeting with another mother because our kids are "underweight". Her daughter really was quite small, in the 10th for both, but Kairi is thin but not drastically so. Her weight is the 50th percentile, but when you combine it with her height, which is actually off the charts, it puts her in the 25th percentile. The nutritionist is really nice, but some of her advice really seemed stupid. She told us to add in more meats and to add fattening condiments to things. If we are eating mashed potatoes, to take her potatoes aside and add sour cream and butter, etc. While we do allow her to have butter in small amounts, I just think loading their food up with these fattening things is setting them up for ingrained eating habits and to be overweight and unhealthy later. I think that unless they are absolutely failing to thrive, nothing other then healthy fats should be added.
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