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#1 of 3 Old 08-25-2002, 10:46 PM - Thread Starter
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So, last week I would have described my 9 month old son as healthy, happy and robust. This week he's still happy but I'm not so sure about the other 2.

At his 9 month check up the pediatrician noticed that he has a slow heart beat. Well his dad and grandmother do too- both about 45. But the ped has made us an appointment for an EKG at Duke University. Um, okay.

Then a week later he had a fever of 102 but didn't have any cold or flu-like symptoms although he certainly felt bad. We took him in on Monday and they found nothing wrong- told us to come back on Wednesday if he still had a fever and no symptoms. So we did and they still found nothing wrong (except that he is certainly teething and they said his throat was slightly pink). So they wanted a urine sample. This was an absolute nightmare. It took 2 nurses and 2 doctors before they could get it. The preliminary screen came back negative. The next morning when Noah's fever had finally gone away and he was feeling great, I got a call saying that the culture came back positive. So now he's on antibiotics for 10 days and then they made us an appointment at the hospital for a kidney ultrasound and i forget the name of the other test but it involves catheterizing him and shooting dye into him.

So a couple of weeks ago I had a healthy child and now I don't know what to think. On the one hand I'm glad they are being precautionary- I want to do everything possible to protect my child, but on the other hand they are freaking me out. Where will this end?

If you have gotten this far, thank you! What would you think? What would you do? Until now I have loved this doctor and practice. Now I'm not so sure.

Worried mama of Noah the Sweet

Chrissy, lucky mama to Noah (9), Lilah (6), Rowan (3) and Laney (1).
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#2 of 3 Old 08-25-2002, 11:38 PM
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Oh, please find a new ped. His intentions areprobably good but there are ways to do things and still not miss anything that are much more respectful to your sons body. Perhaps a wait and see approach to the whole heart thing. He seems to be way overreacting to the UTI (from your other thread) and now this too. He has probably been sued for missing something and now goes way over board to be "safe". (there is one of those in town : ) This isn't best for the majority of clients and certainly not as routine. Find someone who is very skilled, has lots of experiance, is laid back and treats your childs body as though her cares whether or not something hurts.

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I would have to respectfully disagree with the above post. A UTI in a young boy is something that needs investigation and should not be ignored.

The EKG is a non-invasive test that will give a snapshot of the electrical conduction system in your son's heart. If the doctor is just trying to be safe and rule out any possible underlying heart arrythmia this is the best way to do so.

There are certain things that healthcare providers cannot ignore and have an obligation to investigate for the good of the patient. I'm not saying that some doctor's don't go overboard but these interventions sound appropriate given what you've described.

I hope everything is going well for you and your little one.

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