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My DD will be due for her 4 month checkup here in a few weeks, but I really don't think I need to take her. It costs me $75, and all the Dr. does is look at her, check her heartbeat, pulse, eyes, and ears. It takes maybe 5 minutes. No shot, or anything else. I don't have any conerns. DD is doing great! She can completely over both directions, has good reflexes, can follow things with her eyes and grasp objects. I do have the Parents as Teachers lady come out, and she says DD is developing at or above normal. Is there any reason TO take DD for a check up if I have no concerns? Last time I didn't make a next appt. (they try to go ahead and make the next one when you are there), so I won't have to call and cancel. I can just act like I forgot. I was also thinking about going to a family Dr. instead of this ped. I don't really think he listens to me much
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If you're not getting her shots, you really don't need to take her in at 4 months; especially if she's developing fine. I think the "well baby" visit schedule is based on the current immunization schedule. We'll probably be going to all of ours anyway, but we have insurance for the kids.

And you definately want a ped who listens to you!

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Our two children have never been to a well babay visit. Imo they are just designed for vaccines and we arent doing them so why go? I keep tract of my girls weight and weight myself.

Only my oldest has ever been to a Dr and that was for some strange thing on her head that the Dr said was dry skin :
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Yeah, it's based on the vax schedule. I skipped 2, 4, & 6 but am going in at 9 mos. I think it's a good idea to go in once/year just to be on the safe side.
As long as you're aware of the milestones and what to expect developmentally and phys. I think you're fine. I say that b/c a friend just found out her son is soooo short for his age they think he MAY have a brain tumor and needs an MRI. Now,: dh says that's just a silly overreaction which it very well may be...but...dunno. I guess if an occasional appt could catch that one in a million chance, it'd be worth it.
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im not sure where you live, but around here you can go to the health department and have a baby looked over and weighed.

they don't charge $75, maybe $15 or something.


im sure nothing major would happen if you skipped it, but i always like to hear from a "professional" that my baby is ok.
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We have insurance so we only have a co-pay of like $10-$15. We aren't vaxing, but I like to go in for the check-over. But it wouldn't bother me if I missed some visits. I just kind of like to get the weight and height, etc. My ped is neutral on the vax issue, which is nice, but she recommended flouride for ds ... she said to give him tap water, yuck! I just said, "Oh, okay"....umm, yeah. She also told me to feed him rice cereal for iron...umm, again I said, "Oh". hehehe. Gosh, I really wish I had insurance for natural health care....I would just go to my chiropractor so much more often and take ds there with me.

 

 
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Our insurance will pay for visits to the ND just like MD visits.
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I dont see anything wrong with skipping it, you know if your child is healthy (of course!)

Mine's never been to see a doctor and she's 7 months old and disgustingly healthy : )
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Thanks I do take DD to the Health Department every month just to get her weighed and measured. The parents as teachers lady also comes every 6 weeks or so, and they tell you what developmental stages your child should be reaching, ect. So far she is right on target, or a bit ahead. I am going to just skip this ped visit
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We've skipped almost ALL of ours......

My son is 4 years old now, he went for his two week check up and then again when he had a high fever at 2 years old. Other than that, he goes to a chiropractor now and then and he's seen our homeopath once or twice.

He's healthier than anyone else in the family.
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We love our Family Doc...infact when I was interviewing for docs for the new baby, I ended up switching to him for my OB care at 33 weeks, because I liked him so much.

Still, really the only reason I feel the need to take him, is just to affrm for myself and our doc that he is growing like a weed and doing really well being exclusively breastfed...It is kind of a cool pat on the back to take him...

If money is the issue, then maybe skip?
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If you're not vaxing, I'd feel comfortable skipping it. We just had our 4-month WBV and just like you said, listen to heart, look in ears, look in eyes, check a couple of developmental issues. No big deal.

If you will be skipping more visits (which is not a problem for me, and I'm a peds nurse), I think it *may* be wise to continue seeing a pediatrician. The only reason I say this is because it sounds like you'd only take dd to a doctor if you felt something was really wrong. If that was the case, you may want to have a pediatric specialist who could pick up on more obscure pediatric illnesses than a GP who might not be quite so well-versed in childhood illnesses. Just a thought. But if you decide to stick with a ped, by all means find a new one that listens to you and supports your parenting decisions!!

Here's a link to the DDST, the developmental scale most used in the US. Its not perfect, but its another way to keep track of DD's progress and will help you feel more comfortable skipping the well-baby visits in the future too.

http://www.complab.nymc.edu/pediatrics/Denver.pdf
http://www.complab.nymc.edu/pediatri...structions.pdf (this is the key for some of the steps)
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