Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
We just recently moved to a new state and are looking for a doctor for our 2.5-year-old dd. Do you think it's better to go with a Pediatrician or a Family Practitioner? DD is selectively vaxxed, but she's not due for any boosters until age 6, so I don't think this will be a big issue since it will be a few years before this even needs to be discussed. She's almost never been sick and even when she has been it's always just been a mild cold so I never take her in. We sporadically do well-child visits (they're always around dd's birthday, which is in December, peak cold season, so I have to admit we skipped her 2-year visit and to be honest, I don't much see the point anyway). A lot of Pediatricians seem to be a bit too involved, but I don't know if that's totally a bad thing although it can be irritating. What are your thoughts? Anyone here see a Family Practioner and like him/her? Can you tell me about your experiences? What would you recommend we do?
That being said - not everyone can find someone as great as she is!
I have heard that their office may no longer be accepting our insurance after March 2009 - if that's the case I will more than likely move her to our family doctor and make it more convienient.
If we hadn't found the pediatrician first I would have gone family. Mainly because you can keep a family practice for life where as you must change at age 18 from pediatrician.
Also, when I mentioned not vaxxing on schedule with my son (my dd is vaxd on schedule) he just said okay, and now when ever we go in he just asks if we'll be doing any today. No biggie. He also didn't give me a hard time for nursing a 2-year-old and when she was a newborn and I mentioned we were all sleeping together, he just smiled and said that's the best way to get a newborn to sleep. Most of the peds around here would have freaked out.
I asked my nurse practitioner for a recommendation and she steered me away from a ped. to a good family practice that is very convenient to our home.
We are very happy with our choice. The actual doctors in the practice (2) are both fathers of four children each, their wives EBF all their own kids, and they are open-minded.
We often see the practitioner and I love her too. Scheduling is a breeze, which is important to me.
My friends that go to pediatric practices in our area complain about the gate-keeper attitudes of the scheduling desk and the seemingly high use of meds.
The pediatricians seem a lot more wound up, inclined to give advice, etc. One thing I really liked about having a family doctor was that he knew the family history since he saw the whole family... in our case, really the whole family, grandparents, and a lot of the aunts, uncles and cousins.
I'm pretty good about ignoring doctors when I think they're talking crap, so I don't mind the pediatrician. DH and I find the conflicting advice from peds in the same practice to be funny.
That said, the pediatric practice we go to is not pushy with the vaxing. They asked us if we planned to vax (obviously willing to accept yes, no or some as the answer).
Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
I wish I could say the same for some of her residents. Fortunately most of them have been wonderful, but I had one who was training to be a pediatrician, plus was a first time mom and just full of herself to no end and was lecturing me a few days post partum with my second about parenting. Then she had the nerve to answer her cell phone during the exam. Fortunately my doctor reamed her, which was good because I was on the way to a total meltdown. Someone obviously forgot to tell her to treat post partum moms like you're handling a live grenade!
Happy to be a mommy and teacher to D , born 1-17-06 via and A , born 10-6-08 with a
When switching my insurance over to this region after I moved the lady wrote down a request for my son to get a ped. I crossed that out and checked the box for FP. I'd love to have more options, but if I don't want to have to pay out of pocket I need to take what insurance says I can have, so I prefer a FP.
SAHM to Ninja Boy (6) and Monkey Man (4) .
But I have GOT to find out who to complain to about the paperwork. The stuff for one year olds says that at one year and 20 lbs, your child MUST be turned forward facing in the car.
Um... no. It's MAY be turned, and the actual fact is, the kid should stay rear facing as long as possible, preferably to the limits of the seat (35 lbs and the height varies by manufacturer). And with my seat, which is cheap as dirt so relatively common (Cosco Scenera) the kid is supposed to stay rear facing to 22 lbs (minimum) and 34 inches (minimum). My son didn't hit 22 lbs until he was nearly 2, and he STILL hasn't hit 34 inches.
But that's not the doctor, that's the company in Cali that does the paperwork (we're with Kaiser).
That said, I wouldn't hesitate to use a ped if there were any in town that were open to our laid back natural health parenting perspective. Even the local AP favorite ped pushes antibiotics for earaches and gives nasty lectures about vax.
I would try a family practice first and move to a ped if I had a special reason to, but that's the way I handle all specialists for all family members.
If there is any chance of a real childhood problem then I definitely think you should go with a child specialist, my friend's son has excema that got to a dangerous point because her family practice doctor wouldn't do anything for it and told her she was over reacting. As it turned out the pediatrician she saw said that this is something she can sue the family practice doctor for neglect over.
Also, another couple things I remember when I was a kid: I was obsessed with being grown-up, and didn't like going to a pediatrician when I was a pre-teen. They're baby doctors, ya know? Also, I was going to a male doc and I'm super shy and would feel more comfortable with a female. So those were two reasons I am taking DD to my doc. She can take care of her as long as she wants, into adulthood, and I hope DD will be completely comfortable talking to her about any girl issues. (Well, I hope DD is not shy like me and can feel comfortable talking to a male doc too, but that's another issue )
SAHM to DD1 9/18/08 DS 6/11/10 DD2 6/21/12
I was going to ask this in the Finding Your Tribe arena, but this board has more traffic and it's related to my origional query so here goes:
Does anyone know of a good family dr., nurse practitioner, pediatrician, naturopath, or all-around holistic physician in the Pittsburgh, PA area, preferably in the North Hills region?
I love our doctor. He and his staff are great with time management. We don't end up spending a lot of time in the waiting room and I have never felt rushed through an appointment. Most importantly, I feel that our doctor respects me as a patient and as a parent. He always takes the time to explain things clearly and he makes sure that I get all my questions answered. He presents me with treatment options and helps me find information to make informed decisions.
Mom to an amazing little guy, age 9 (Autism, Hyperlexia, Dyspraxia, Albinism, Chromosome Microdeletion)
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