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Comments on Chasing Babies... Growing in Grace: Well Visits





Updated: 2018-01-06T06:58:53.791-05:00

 



Having read all the comments, here are my thoughts...

2008-06-07T15:41:00.000-04:00

Having read all the comments, here are my thoughts. :-)

$100 for every well check would definitely put undue pressure on your budding family -- and I know because our families are the same! :-) I think the advice to do more check-ups the first year and one a year after that (as long as things seem to be going well) is GREAT!

Knowing you, the research you have done is more than sufficient for you to be Dr. Mom in tracking normal development. If you and hubby feel confident in your observation skills, then saving $100 every few months is worth it!

As for trusting God vs. doctors, God gave us the knowledge and discovery to have doctors and medicine. They are good and should be taken advantage of when necessary! But for well baby checks? How many people survived to adulthood with just a Dr. Mom back in the fronteir days? So an occasaional vist now-a-days is a bonus! :-)



First of all, thanks for visiting my blog today! ...

2008-06-05T22:34:00.000-04:00

First of all, thanks for visiting my blog today! It's great to "see" new faces, and yes, I do plan to continue my series.

Secondly, I wanted to say that well visits are an issue I'm trying to work through, too. Money is not really the issue for us, but I question the necessity! We have chosen not to vaccinate our kids and I've read that that is the main reason the docs want you to come in for the well visits.

I believe that you and other older, wiser mothers (Titus 2 women) know what is better for your baby than a pediatrician anyway! A discerning mom will pick up on a serious problem and know the right time to take a baby/child to the doctor.



In the words of our pediatrician "the AMA recomme...

2008-06-05T16:03:00.000-04:00

In the words of our pediatrician "the AMA recommended visits are for the least of us". Meaning the visits are "set" for those who don't do what they need to do. To make sure children are not being neglected or malnourished. Even the recommended vaccine schedule is something you can extend or miss shots. Honestly - concerning vaccines, there are some I won't do for the next baby. (check out the 'Vaccine Book' by Dr.Sears, I posted a review on my blog)
If you need peace of mind, maybe you can send the stats you have to the docs office to be put in her file and ask a nurse (or the doc) what they think. Maybe do every other visit, like skip 3 and 9 months and just do 6mo and one year. I would try and do either the 18mo or 2 yr though. That one seems important for developmental reasons.

Personally I think as long as you are keeping good track of her height and weight (and don't forget head circumference - they check for brain growth or something)I wouldn't see a problem. You probably know more about the health of your children than a lot of parents do!

I take mine in because it's the 'normal' thing to do, and we have only a small co-pay that my husbands co. pays for us, so it's basically free for us.



I take my little ones to their well-baby appointme...

2008-06-05T10:01:00.000-04:00

I take my little ones to their well-baby appointments, but John has great insurance, so it only costs me $20 per visit. If I were in your situation, I would do the same thing. The doctor never finds any problems with my children, and I think I would notice before she did anyway. Especially, since this is your second, you know what to look for in Sweet Pea.

Is there a doctor in your church that you could bounce things off of, if you needed to? That would be helpful. Just if you needed a quick opinion.



This is one of those things that is your call. If...

2008-06-04T22:40:00.000-04:00

This is one of those things that is your call. If you are comfortable with that, that's what's important. Personally, I would probably take them in at least once a year, just for peace of mind. My sons Dr. told me not to bring him in for his 18 mo appt because it was Christmas time and she didn't want him coming in for a well baby one week and back a few days later because now he was sick. She just said if he wasn't talking so many words by then, then to bring him in, but that was the main thing she'd check for at that appt. I was glad she told me that and appreciated her honesty. I do think the well baby checks are more important right away, than later on, especially if you are up do date on what to be watching for.



Hey There...we've always taken our children to the...

2008-06-04T19:31:00.000-04:00

Hey There...we've always taken our children to their well child visits and I have often wondered if we really needed to take them in. The thing I really liked about it was the opportunity to ask the doctor questions but I never felt like my child wasn't healthy or growing adequately. In fact I had often thought that if I knew what to look for, those visits aren't always necessary. You can look for signs of your child not reaching certain developmental milestones...in fact you know you child better than the doctor does. I think it's great that you measure Sweet Pea and I have no doubt that you would notice if something was off. I don't think you and your husband have taken this lightly and the way you do it does make sense:) I'm at a place now where I am too questioning the necessity of well-child visits. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!



Tough call. Are there any free or low-cost clinics...

2008-06-04T14:01:00.000-04:00

Tough call. Are there any free or low-cost clinics in your area? For people who meet certain income requirements, I know there are government programs out there that can help out in this case. I can't think of what it's called, but I'm pretty certain there's a govt program for uninsured babies.

Since I'm not a mom yet, I don't feel like I can offer much of an opinion. But, I'm due in December, and it will be relavent to me soon.

Right now, my husband's health insurance is excellent, and our out of pocket expenses won't be much. So, I'll probably take the little one to all of the well baby visits.

But, if our insurance didn't cover those visits, I'd probably try to find a way to get Baby to the doctor often in that first year--at least until I'd have more of a clue that something was wrong. Probably a typical response of a first-time mama :)