So how many of you also take an unassisted approach to your children's healthcare? We chose UP/UC for our son and are doing the same for our current pregnancy. Our son has never seen a doctor...however, I know we are lucky, he is almost 20 months and has had only 2 minor colds and 1 fever (that he slept off in 3 hours). I'm an herbalist and feel confident in dh and my ability to treat most things and we consider our grocery and health food store spending to be our healthcare costs. Anyone else like this? Just curious!
ds1 3/05 ds2 5/07 dd 6/09
Our last son was born unassisted/unattended and for the most part our healthcare as a family has become that way as well...
We have seen a chiropractor though and I do consult my doctor at times....and it is that type of relationship...a partnership when I feel needed...rather then the way I used to handle healthcare (going to the doctor, nodding, and then obeying!!! LOL)
I am learning about herbal care for our family more and more...I grow our own herbs and vegetables and have a few books on herbal medicine...
Would you recommend any books/websites?
There has been only one time in the last 2 years that anyone in our family has seen a doctor, and it was my husband who gashed his head on a corner cabinet, and I could see his skull. He needed staples.
Other than that, we have dealt with everything with rest, homeopathy, Reiki, and herbs.
We have had many colds, stomach bugs, mastitis, UTIs, coxsackie, mumps, and many other minor illnesses. All without a doc.
I love it, and know its right for our family. Just like birth, it would take a true emergency for us to see a doctor.
I keep them well through a balance of good whole food, exercise and energy protection.
They've *never* been on antibiotics, and have never been vaccinated either.
They are strong kids because of that.
The only chemical meds ever used in our home was by dh after the only doctor visit any of us have had...he took aspirin after having wisdom teeth pulled with no meds, only nitrous! Ouch!: (Oh, and he proceeded to through up the aspirin.)
Our grandmothers knew what to do to treat all kinds of stuff...my mom remembers what her mom did for her when she had German measles...and no dr. was involved. It worked then, why not now?
USAmma, you made me smile...no one has commented on my username before and I'm glad it brings good thoughts to you. I like it too!
: Disclaimer: I'm not dissing people who use doctors (who knows, I may need one some day too), I was really just wondering how many chose not too.
ds1 3/05 ds2 5/07 dd 6/09
Next babe will be UP UC
Laura, mama to Henry 01.28.07
missing Jack, born still in the car 08.23.10 at 36 weeks
Loving on Catherine, my 09.01.11, UC
Allopathic medicine we save for true emergent situations, and even then, sparingly.
Happy to be a mommy and teacher to D , born 1-17-06 via and A , born 10-6-08 with a
I also have a traditional midwife on hand as needed.
We are vax free and only seek conventional med for emergencies.
Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
We haven't been back and aren't planning to. I'm learning all I can about natural medicine so we never do (barring a serious emergency, of course)!
He also went to the DR. when he had a SUPER high fever (103.9 with tylenol) and I could NOT figure out what was wrong. Turned out to be Roseola, so now I'll know for the next babe.
We do go to the chiro regularly.
But as many PP mentioned, we prefer to use western medicine for emergencies, and use alternative meds (herbs/homeopathy) for most everything else.
Unfortunately my poor stepsons go to the dr. on probably a monthly basis, and have had so many rounds of antibiotics its not even funny.
So no, three of my four children have never been to see a doctor. Three of my four children have had newborn exams done by midwives. My last has never been checked out by any professional. Another poster said that they'd been lucky that they've never had to consult a doctor. I don't know if I consider it so much luck as just what happens when you treat your children well, feed them good foods, make sure they can attend to all their bodies' needs, etc. Yes, I know there are freak things that can happen. But I bet the vast majority of people would be and stay healthy if they'd just do those simple things.
Oh, and when we went to the Health Dept. to get his birth certificate, no one said anything threatening...they were more like "we haven't had one of these in a looooong time!".
ds1 3/05 ds2 5/07 dd 6/09
every time we go to the dr's office we get sick!!!
I'm reserving allopathic medical care for if they are so ill that the very definite risks of doctors and hospitals are outweighed by some benefit that I can see. That rarely happens if at all in my opinion.
I would be more concerned about CPS if I was seeing a doctor that might not agree with my parenting choices and choose to turn me in. It seems more risky to flaunt myself in front of the establishment than to just go about my business.
mom to 3 home-born children, wife to a great guy
I don't worry about CPS, cause I live in canada I would just be honest with them, if they did contact me. "why should my kids go to the doctors? I keep them very healthy"
For high fevers..... VITAMEN A..... It really does work. Something I've learned from my old health food store buddy. My kids will eat cod liver capsules (which is really high in vit. a) so it's preventative too. We've been taking cod liver oil since the beginning of 'flu season' The body will get hotter and hotter, during illness, if there is not enough vit.a to deal with the fever.
never have used OTC meds either, like advil, or tylenol (which do not heal the things that you give them for)
we use homeopathy, herbs, vitamens, fresh air and sunshine, love. I am their doctor, and midwife... My kids are way better off, I feel, than kids who go to the doc. regularly.
I would take my kids to the hospital if they had a broken arm, or something along those lines. That's when allopathy is useful.
I would take them to a ND, or herbalist, or chinese/ayurvedic doctor if there was something up with them that I couldn't handle.
i will probably utilize the medical profession only if necessary. but there are a few concerns (eye) that might require medical and even surgical attentions and skills. so, not entirely. but, if i can do without it--i will.
Do you mean pink eye, or stuff like that? or serious eye injuries? My kids have had pink eye a few times, and we took care of that at home. Cold black tea helps to dry it up, and chamomile helps too, as does homeopathic pulsatilla.