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Old 10-05-2012, 06:07 PM   #101
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I don't think anything bad of the parents (to each his own) and I've heard various reasons parents don't do it from financial to religious to personal preference. I do think it's really important, though, to monitor growth, get proper vaccinations, and to assess for things that average Moms and Dads may not know are problems with growth and milestones. Interventions for most things are so easy when they are caught early enough. Ounce of prevention = pound of cure. I look at well child exam as a way to befriend a medical professional who is there to help you out when your child really does get sick and needs medical intervention. It's a checkmark for your sanity when your child appears healthy and is doing what other kids his/her age are doing. I think it's also important for a child to develop a comfort level with medical professionals.

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:09 PM   #102
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ok im curious if anyone else has thought that this is a weird thread for a new user or if its just me? also to not come back and reply anything or say how she feels
I thought that same thing! Honestly to me sounds like she wants to start that good ole' mommy war. Really sounds like someone wants a "I think moms who do this are bad moms or good moms." I could be wrong though.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:40 PM   #103
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ok im curious if anyone else has thought that this is a weird thread for a new user or if its just me? also to not come back and reply anything or say how she feels
I thought it was a little odd to start a thread that you KNOW will get mamas defensive. Happily all of us ladies are not taking the bait
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #104
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ok im curious if anyone else has thought that this is a weird thread for a new user or if its just me? also to not come back and reply anything or say how she feels
i thought the same thing
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #105
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I wouldn't bat a lash because I'm one of them. I've never had one positive experience with these people we call doctors. What I have had? I've had my sons foreskin forcibly retracted, I've been harassed about needing to feed my 12 week old food and to stop nursing, I've been harassed about not vaccinating. My kids never had blood work. It was always a few simple questions, looking into eyes, ears, listening to heart. My daughters right eye was crossing randomly when she was 3. We took her in because we were nervous and they said she didn't even need to see an eye dr. Took her anyways and she definitely needed glasses yet if I had followed the advice of the dr she would have continued to struggle to see. Doctors are for sick people and even then I've seen them fail at their job much too often. We will go if it's needed but in 6 years and 3 kids we've had to make an emergency visit a total of 3 times, all of which was horrifying because of the crap drs.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:42 PM   #106
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I took my first 2 to their well-baby checkups regularly. I never felt like we really got much out of them, and I was just too busy to really schedule that many appointments. I think they can be helpful, but I don't think it's life or death either.

I'm not a mom who is going to miss something either. When DS1 was 4 I was concerned that he wasn't gaining weight well anymore. The ped brushed me off, then tried to retract him and told me he'd have to be circumcised because he couldn't retract. That was the last well-child visit he's been to. However, we did switch doctors who listened to my concerns about his weight and sent us to a specialist who DID diagnose him with a problem.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #107
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I took my first to the well visits which were not covered by my insurance. I thought they had to go for some reason. He was at the doctors every few weeks sick and in the hospital several times. So it really wasn't necessary to do all the well visits since he was there so often anyway. Our insurance also did not cover shots so he was seen at the health dept for those as well. He was also seen by the allergist regularly. He was sick all the time until last April when he had his tonsils and adenoids removed. He has also gained 6 lbs since his surgery (and now weighs just under 40 lbs and is 42 inches tall. He will be 5 this month).

DS2 had reflux as a baby and was seen regularly for checkups due to the reflux. I told the doctor we were not doing well checks (due to insurance) so he scheduled his reflux checks around the time the well baby should be.

Now they go when they are sick and the did go for physicals recently for preschool.

So we don't do well visits but they are seen by doctors probably more than most. My kids tend to catch everything!
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #108
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That they're either really confident and relaxed.

Or I don't think much about it at all.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:01 PM   #109
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I feel badly that there are moms who don't have a doctor they trust and enjoy seeing. I left a msg for my pedi today regarding some new behavior issues I'm having with DS1, I've never had a 6 year old before and know that my pedi can tell me if what's going on is normal for his age and give me tools to deal with it. I guess if you don't have insurance I would understand not going but otherwise I really can't understand why you wouldn't.
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I avoided visits with my DD. However, a "well-visit" at 2 months old ended up possibly saving my son's life, so that drastically changed my opinion on them...and now, I'd be thankful to only have to deal with well visits! And I am forever thankful that I have a pediatrician that I trust and who knows us, our stance on things, our family, etc in case anything comes up. But just as with anything else, that's my own personal experience and I would never make assumptions about or lecture anyone who does differently. Your kids, your choice.
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