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PEEK05
No baby well checks
by PEEK05
December 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Anyone do this?

Our pediatrician is like 30 minutes away.  I have a 3.5 year old, 1.5 year old, and a newborn come February.  So that's an hour round trip.  My husband is gone 12 hours a day 5-6 days a week at work, so I can't really schedule appointments during his days off to get help with the other kids since usually he only has Sundays off.

We aren't vaccinating so the frequency of the visits is not really necessary. THAT BEING SAID, I would OF COURSE take my baby (and other kids) into the doctor if I had any kind of concern, if they were ill, or something just seemed off.  My doctor gave me a website that has all of the developmental checklists when I was worried about my son's development, so I check those every three-ish months.  If my kids were not meeting them and I felt they were behind, again, I'd take them into the doctor.  I weigh and measure my kids monthly for their baby books, so again, if I noticed a drop in their growth pattern or anything, I'd take them in to be evaluated. 

I just don't know if I want to go in as often as the well baby checks are scheduled for a 5 minute conversation since there is nothing to do besides weigh and measure them and ask how things are going lol.

Replies

  • SadieJames
    December 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Hey Peek! I'm not taking my Feb baby to well baby/child checks.  We will be delayed vaxing so it's not necessary to be there every X weeks. If I were you I wouldn't do them either.

  • jellyphish
    December 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    I go to all well visits even though my girls are not vaccinated. I like having that relationship so that if something comes up I know I can trust the dr and his references to offer good care and not Pester me about shots.
    Plus he checks for things I cant (I would have never detected Isis' blood abnormalities on my own).

    That said, if I hadn't found a ped I trust who totally respects my decisions, I wouldn't go either. But I do think it's important to have a relationship with a good one.
  • PEEK05
    by PEEK05
    December 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I've been taking my daughter, who is almost 4, on all the recommended time frames, as well as my son.  I do trust her and like her and we have a great relationship.  I just don't know if I want to spend an hour toting three small kids around for a 5 minute conversation so frequently. :/

    Quoting jellyphish:

    I go to all well visits even though my girls are not vaccinated. I like having that relationship so that if something comes up I know I can trust the dr and his references to offer good care and not Pester me about shots.
    Plus he checks for things I cant (I would have never detected Isis' blood abnormalities on my own).

    That said, if I hadn't found a ped I trust who totally respects my decisions, I wouldn't go either. But I do think it's important to have a relationship with a good one.


  • jellyphish
    December 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    Yeah I understand that. It's just my opinion that it's important (although it would bother me if the visits only lasted five minutes). It's just my opinion that it's important for a child and ped to know each other, I know lots of moms don't go and I respect that too.

    Quoting PEEK05:

    I've been taking my daughter, who is almost 4, on all the recommended time frames, as well as my son.  I do trust her and like her and we have a great relationship.  I just don't know if I want to spend an hour toting three small kids around for a 5 minute conversation so frequently. :/

    Quoting jellyphish:

    I go to all well visits even though my girls are not vaccinated. I like having that relationship so that if something comes up I know I can trust the dr and his references to offer good care and not Pester me about shots.

    Plus he checks for things I cant (I would have never detected Isis' blood abnormalities on my own).



    That said, if I hadn't found a ped I trust who totally respects my decisions, I wouldn't go either. But I do think it's important to have a relationship with a good one.


  • tabi_cat1023
    December 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I wouldnt stress about it honestly

  • MamaBear2cubs
    December 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    My kids do not go unless they are sick/injured. We have always done it that way since birth. They are also not vaccinated.

  • melindabelcher
    mel
    December 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM



    Quoting tabi_cat1023:

    I wouldnt stress about it honestly


  • Mrs.Salz
    December 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    We don't do them. We go to a medical doctor only when we need medical care, otherwise we manage our (rare) sicknesses with other specialists like chiropractors or with herbal/homeopathic/aromatherapy remedies at home.

  • Mrs.Salz
    December 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Sometimes it's beneficial to go every 6-12 months to a family practice doctor or DO so you have a relationship with someone. They tend to be a lot less pushy about vaccines than peds usually are.

  • WhitleyLyles
    December 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
    I freaking hate well visits. with a passion

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