Do you go to all the scheduled well-baby visits if you are selectively vaccinating? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 07:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
RImama179's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Our 2 month visit was very uncomfortable - the dr was really pressuring me into getting the recommended vaccines and I only want to do one at a time - and even delay some further...do you still go to visits if you don't plan on getting any of the vaccines offered at that visit?  I am dreading the 4 month check. This is my 2nd baby so I don't have many questions for the Dr that I did the first time around....so the appts seem so pointless to me?

RImama179 is offline  
#2 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 07:36 AM
 
motherhendoula's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: LawnGuyLand
Posts: 749
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We are also selectively vaxxing - and i didnt want any vaxes in the first year - my Doc made me sign some waiver saying that I was making this decision after being told what the recommendations of the AMA were - (or something to that effect) and i think we went every two months for the first 6 months ...i liked to go to get a weight and height - this kid grew MUCH faster than my others did!    After 6 months we started going every 4 months - he had his first vax in Oct and will have another in January.   Im guessing soon we will go down to every 6 months.   (DS is 16 months old now) 


Happy at Home Mama to DD 4/95 DS 4/98 and DS#2 8/10  femalesling.GIF        h20homebirth.gif       sewmachine.gif

http://www.etsy.com/shop/motherhendoula
 

motherhendoula is offline  
#3 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 10:48 AM
 
kythe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 608
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I didn't start vaccinating my kids until they were a year or older each, but we still went to every well baby check up.  I think it's good to be well established with a pediatrician.  If your child ever gets sick or injured, you have a good relationship with a provider who will see them, rather than hoping for the best with emergency backup. 

 

I know what you mean about the appointments seeming pointless, I believe the well-baby checkup schedule is actually based around the recommended vaccine schedule (not the other way around).  But you never know what may come up.  My second child was healthy at birth, but had some growth issues that needed to be addressed, so it turned out to be a good thing we were monitoring his growth.  He later tonsil and allergy issues too.

 

On a somewhat darker note, if you ever end up with legal issues, such as from CPS or a custody battle during divorce (I've btdt with both), you may find yourself needing to prove you've been providing medical care for your child.  Even without vaccinating, it makes you look more responsible to be able to show you have taken your child to the doctor on the recommended schedule, not just when they are sick.

ghannit likes this.
kythe is offline  
#4 of 10 Old 12-27-2011, 11:05 AM
 
chel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: lost in a cornfield
Posts: 4,230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

I selected-vax my first and none for my youngest.  Never followed the schedule.

 

My insurance has a cap for well visits and doesn't even cover the recommended amount.


mom to 14yr dd and 4yr dd
chel is offline  
#5 of 10 Old 12-31-2011, 03:10 AM
 
ghannit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 174
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Even without vaxing, I take my almost 4 year old DD and my month old DS to the doctor regularly. They have not been sick, so I go simply to maintain the relationship.


Mother caffix.gif to DD born Jan 2008 and DS born Nov 2011. 

ghannit is offline  
#6 of 10 Old 01-03-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Turquesa's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,059
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)

Sorry if this response sounds simplistic, but I don't think this question is whether or not to go to all of the check-ups....but whether or not you're paired with the right family doctor or pediatrician. 

 

The fact that you're "dreading" well-child checks is a red flag indicating a lack of trust in your doctor.  If your doctor won't respect your vax decision, believe me, this disregard for parental autonomy could pour into other areas of your child's health.  With the right doctor, you'll actually *look forward* to the opportunity to touch base and discuss your child's well-being and have your questions addressed.

 

Unfortunately, that list of respectful doctors is getting increasingly smaller.  irked.gif  I'm on a doctor search myself, so I do feel your pain.  Rumor has is that family physicians and DOs get don't get as hysterical as pediatricians over this issue, so I'm narrowing my search to them. 

 

Head over to your Tribal Area in the Find Your Tribe section and ask if anyone in your area can recommend somebody: http://www.mothering.com/community/f/7/finding-your-tribe

Good luck! 

kythe, ghannit and Buzzer Beater like this.

In God we trust; all others must show data. selectivevax.gifsurf.gifteapot2.GIFintactivist.gif
Turquesa is offline  
#7 of 10 Old 01-03-2012, 04:35 PM
 
cristeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14,791
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

To answer the question asked, no I did not, nor will I with the new one.  There are more important uses of my time, energy and money (insurance doesn't cover) than WBV if I'm not getting a vax.  We still saw the ped 4 or 5 times in the first 2 years. 

 

But I do agree with Turquesa - sounds like you might want to do some doctor shopping.  A doctor who does not listen to your desires but tries to push you into their own desires on something like vax will do it in other areas as well. 


Cristeen ~ Always remembering our stillheart.gif  warrior ~ Our rainbow1284.gif  is 3, how'd that happen?!?! 

We welcomed another rainbow1284.gifstillheart.gif  warrior in May 2012!! 

2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012

cristeen is offline  
#8 of 10 Old 01-24-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Aimee1224's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I LOVE our DO who is our family physician.  I had a great old school pediatrician when my first was little, but after changing insurances we were no longer able to go to him.  I went to one visit with a pediatrician and immediately changed to a family doc.  He is great and absolutely non-hysterical! I love it.  Its a great working relationship.  So I do think the rumor is true on that front. 

Aimee1224 is offline  
#9 of 10 Old 02-07-2012, 04:57 PM
 
HouseofPeace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,435
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I'm a home-birthing selective vaxer who goes to as many well-baby visits as I can.  Because insurance covers it, and it gives me a chance to have a relationship with my doc, which will be useful if anything comes up, I struggled through selectively vaccinating my son for the first year. My husband and I alternated a few visits, and that helped my doc understand how serious we were about taking it slow in the vaccines.  

I do it for the medical records, for my family (all in medicine and scandalized by home birth and skipped vaccines), and so that our entire family has a real trusting relationship with our primary care doctor.  He seems to like seeing us and after the first year, stepped back and said he would wait for me each visit to bring up vaccines I was interested in.  

by the time one is seeing the same doc w/ healthy baby number 4, he's far more relaxed about the decisions made by the parents.  time helps a lot.  i'm also asking him honestly about what he's seeing in trends and for his input on my children.  

i love the respectful and open relationship- it is totally worth it. 

 


joy.gifSAHM and Holistic Health Counselor with  angel.gif 1/05, DS1 blahblah.gif 3/06, angel1.gif 5/07, DD1 dust.gif 3/08, DD2 thumbsuck.gif 11/09, DD3 energy.gif 4/11, and DS2 babyf.gif 2/13.  expecting a surprise stork-suprise.gif 8/14!
HouseofPeace is offline  
#10 of 10 Old 02-15-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Honey693's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,128
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We go to all the well baby checks, but we don't get the recommended shots at each one.  Our doctor is completely ok with this.  If she wasn't I wouldn't be thinking about skipping visits, I'd be thinking about finding a new doctor.


obstruct livery vehicles

Honey693 is offline  
Reply

Tags
Delayed Vaccination , Selective Vaccination

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off