When my kids were 5months and 18months, I took them to a pediatrician with a no food or drink allowed policy what-so-ever. Not in the waiting room. Not in the exam room. Reason given was "it's a pediatrican's office, some kids have FOOD ALLERGIES"
That ALSO meant my 18m/o couldn't drink his sippy cup, and 5m/o couldn't drink his bottle of formula. I got scolded for giving an INFANT his bottle. But guess what? Breast feeding is protected by law so THOSE infants could eat while they were there. Thoughts on this? Anyone?
Oh I never took my kids to that doctor again and it was the only time they ever went to this practice. :)
They don't want kids eating before their appointment. Part of the check up is them looking at their teeth, mouth, and throat. Some kids gag. If they've just been given something to eat, they could throw up all over the place.