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Well child check ups?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm just curious...

Is there a state law or requirement that states that well children need check ups at the doctor? (I'm from Indiana, too, btw)... and at what times are they supposed to get them, if so?

I know that this is a stupid question, but lately my daughter has been showing signs of GERD and I'd like to take her to the doctor. She's 5 years old. I'm afraid to take her, though, because she hasn't been in ages and I don't want them to freak out and call CPS or something because she hasn't (OMGZ!) had well child check ups.

Sorry to sound neurotic.
post #2 of 13
No- I dont' think so. Find a good ped tho.
Ask around.
Your alright.
Emilie
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
My girls have a doctor.... They just haven't been there in a while because they haven't been sick....
post #4 of 13
I think that is pretty common, especially as kids get older. Most mainstream parents are pretty good about the first 2 yrs or so (gotta get all the shots in), but a lot of folks slack off after that. I wouldn't worry about it. You also might try a family practice doc if you don't have a ped you like or a friend who recommends one. They might be more laid back about it.
post #5 of 13
I don't think they will freak out, if you think she has a medical issue I would bring her in and just explain yourself.

I bring my children to the ped for a well check once a year (so do most of the mainstream people that I know...I don't think it slacks off after their shots : ) Though now that my ds is 7 my ped only asks to see him every other year unless he is sick, but I will probably do an annual anyway? I looked long and hard for ped that I like & trust and actually appreciate having them weigh in on my children's well-being.

I agree with the pp - just find a good one who is in sync with your value system - mine are very supportive of extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping and limited & delayed vaxs. The child care author they recommend to new & expecting parents is Dr. Sears. If you can find a supportive natural minded practice they can be a big help.

BJ
Barney, Ben & Patrick
post #6 of 13
I just moved from Indiana last year.

There is no law as far as I know. My DD has never seen a pediatrician. I took her to my family doctor once when I was worried she had strep throat. No questions, no hassles. I think it was good to be there for a purpose KWIM, not just a general check up that might invite questions.
post #7 of 13
AbbieB - I am not trying to be challenging, but I am fascinated by your post. I am really curious why you are worried about inviting questions? A well check isn't about you and your performance as a parent, it is about your child's wellness. If it is because you feel strongly about something like no vaxes, no circ or whatever you could probably find a supportive ped in your area by asking at La Leche or the like.

BJ
Barney, Ben & Patrick
post #8 of 13
I don't think there is a law anywhere that says you must take your child to a doctor for well child check ups. I haven't even taken my last two in for well baby visits but once to meet the doctor. I don't really see the point if they are healthy and who knows that better then the parents. I think my oldest who saw the doctor so she could go to gs camp hadn't been to the doctor at all for 6 years. LOL


H
post #9 of 13
I can't imagine it would be an issue because there isn't a practical way to prove that you did or didn't go to well child checks. If you switched doctors or moved, you would be walking in for a first appointment anyway. We just took DD to her 3 y.o. well child check, mainly because SHE asked to go!! We had had DS in for his two week check and DD asked when it was her turn "for the doctor to see how big she was." So we did her 3 y.o. check (hadn't done so since 18 months). I wouldn't worry but would ask for referrals to a natural family living friendly doc. We see a wonderful family doctor (DO) and his wife (PAC) we are really happy with them and they are very supportive of extended breastfeeding and no/selective vax (their own children are partially vaxed) so it is possible to find docs that support alternative choices!
post #10 of 13
My last visit with our doctor was at 2 y/o. (ds is 4 now) He told me at that time he really didn't need to see ds again until right before school, and then only if we were going to vaccinate. I am from IN, so I can honestly say there is no law that requires well baby/child checkups.
post #11 of 13
I don't know the laws, but I do know that both of the kids schools require updated forms every year. So we schedule the check ups at birthday time every year.
post #12 of 13
I know that someone told me that the "well child" visits were set up to get kids vaccinated (doctors, school and insurance companies working together to benefit the drug companies I guess). No law about it in my state or I guess I would be in jail!

My ds NEVER gets sick. He just had a check up a couple of months ago and that was close to two years between visits! (*He eats about 3 to 4 apples a day! He really wants to keep the doctor away).
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by wildmonkeys View Post
AbbieB - I am not trying to be challenging, but I am fascinated by your post. I am really curious why you are worried about inviting questions? A well check isn't about you and your performance as a parent, it is about your child's wellness. If it is because you feel strongly about something like no vaxes, no circ or whatever you could probably find a supportive ped in your area by asking at La Leche or the like.

BJ
Barney, Ben & Patrick
I have a LLL friend in Indiana that has had problems with medical professionals threatening to call CPS over no vaxes and other medical decisions the parents have made. IMO the medical professional was just being rude and pushy but the Mom was really shaken up. I thought the OP might have been a little nervous so I offered suggestions that might avoid getting into any possible confrontations.

If you were wondering about the decision to not see a pediatrician, I was not happy with any doctor I interviewed in and around the small town I was living in while pregnant. I asked my family doctor if the group would see my baby and they said yes. After DD was born DH and I decided there was no real reason to see a Dr. on a regular basis since we were not vaxing. IMO Dr. offices are full of germs and why expose a baby to that so someone could tell me what I already know, DD was healthy. If I had any suspicion something was not quite right we would have seen someone.

Sorry for the hijack.
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