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Old 02-26-2013, 08:15 PM   #101
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My Sister always took her Kids to their Well Visit appointments. My younger Nephew developed perfectly fine up till 9mos. By 12mos at his Well Visit the Dr was feeling his legs and said HMMM I want him to have a CT Scan. Had to wait almost a month for the appointment. Dr got the results and said now I want him to have an MRI done. That was almost another month to wait for appointment.

At 14mos he was diagnosed with mild PVL(Periventricular leukomalacia)/CP. For almost a yr we thought he was developing normally maybe some little delays here and there but figured he'd catch up. My Sister immediately got him OT,PT,and ST through First Steps.

Had she not kept up with his Well visits ain't no telling how long it would of been before we found out about his PVL. And wouldn't of been able to get him Therapy as quickly. Therefore maybe he wouldn't be doing as well today as he is.

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Old 02-26-2013, 08:20 PM   #102
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My oldest son was diagnosed with hydrocephalus because of well baby checkups. While I think it took way too long for the doctor to start the testing that led to the diagnosis and that he should have caught it a lot sooner I wouldn't have realized there was something seriously wrong till it potentially caused further brain damage or even possibly killed him.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:35 PM   #103
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If I didn't have insurance, I wouldn't go either.

I have a daycare child who is SO obviously way behind in every way, and his pediatricians haven't noticed. I'd be really upset if I paid out of pocket when they don't even notice the obvious. (in all fairness, they only see him for about 20 minutes..so, I can't expect them to magically see everything)
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:14 AM   #104
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Re: The value of well child checks

We do them to get baselines on height, weight and also developmental checkups. I know all that can be found online, but I am not a doctor. There can also be things that aren't obvious to a parent, like a heart murmur or defect. Unlikely, but possible, and worth a half hour of my time to make sure of IMO.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:37 AM   #105
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we do checks so kids not afraid of doctor. i hear around here some kids terrified of doc cuz they dont go. here too some do & some dont do candy for those they have. my oldest was disappointed plus if you dont agree you wouldnt go to that pediatrician. like we found one we didnt seem to care for after son was born...couldnt make up his mind on what he was concerned about. hoping we didnt do billi blannket for no reason because it also made belly button fall off prematurely as it was still bleeding....as to find out doc was like worried on stuff our other wasnt.one not our main also a not white doc should have known like not white babies tend to be more jaundice... our doc looked at things & was like i wouldnt have been worried...ours also didnt push for back sleeping with second as she refused to sleep on her back.
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