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does anyone just not take thier kids to the doctor? We don't have a pedi, or a FP for that matter, but if the kids DO require medical attention I use a naturopath or if it is an emergency go to the ER. We don't have insurance so almost all of the "good" peds won't see us anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> .<br><br>
I am comfortable in my decision and don't feel I am putting my kids at risk for not doing 'well baby/child' check ups. I just wanted to know if I was alone on this or not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> that's us so far. We do have good insurance, I just haven't found an MD I'm sure we're going to get along with.<br><br>
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We don't need to visit the ped. Ds does have one, thanks to MDC and my 'tribe's' suggestions. She's nonvax friendly which is why we picked her. We visited her before ds started dc just to say hi and get a file started.<br><br>
Ds hasn't been ill enough to warrant a visit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Us too.<br><br>
We have a pedi "on paper," a clinic the kids technically 'belong' too. We've gone in three times:<br><br>
1st time - Tony had pneumonia. Needed antibiotics. Got them.<br><br>
2nd time - Naomi's 2 week checkup after she was born (at home). I needed to use the line "I'm INFORMED" after constant harping about the PKU (which I DID get, just not on their timeline, the 'conversation' was really idiotic, involving me citing studies and him saying "but they say..." over and over again, which really chaps me...)<br><br>
3rd time - Tony had an ear infection that lasted for over 2 months. Needed antibiotics. Got them (yes they worked).<br><br>
But we haven't been there in over a year. We will if we ever really need it. They're cool about our not vaxing (despite the PKU fit) and didn't give me crap over not coming in for well-child visits, including not calling or bothering me at all about the kids being 'due'.<br><br>
I do not feel nervous about this decision. I don't want to live my life in fear of scrutiny. The well-child visit is idiotic and I do not intend to play a part in this particular money-making farce. And I HAVE been to the doctor when I have felt it necessary. I am not avoiding doctors at all costs. I just refuse to play the game.
 

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Glad to hear we aren't the only ones!<br>
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Our GP (whom we've visited three times in seven years) just relocated and suggested the local peds. The GP was awesome b/c he respected our lifestyle cjoices (homebirth, no vax, no circ) We went to get the kiddos checked in on paper with the Ped group and saw the NP. She gave me some flak about vax and I told her I wasn't interested. Don't plan on going back unless it's something serious that we can't clear up on our own.<br><br>
I am not into the "well-baby" check-up - seems to be blantant vax propaganda to me. I don't need some stranger lokkong at my kid to tell they are healthy or in the 60% weight percentile or whatever. I am with my kids all the time. I know they are healthy, thank you very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">s I feel blessed my kids have always been healthy and we have made lifestyle choices to keep them that way.
 

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Nope, never been to ped or dr. Went to er once last week with child not breathing due to severe chest infection..needed antibiotics, steriods, and a lot of more junk. DS is 2.
 

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We love our ped and for us, having a good relationship with a medical provider is essential. While my kids are healthy and to this point in both their lives have only seen their doc for well child visits, I'd hate for either one of them to deal with an illness, minor or serious, and not have a pediatrician on the treatment team who they didn't know and who didn't know us. Its just something that's very important to us.
 

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I've taken ds in twice. He has redness on his bottom that won't clear up. The first ped told me it was yeast. Using anti-yeast cream made it ten times worse. The next time I went in, a different ped said that it's no big deal, I just have a very fair-skinned baby who gets a bit of bottom redness. They don't harrass me about not vaxxing, which is why it's the only place I'll take him, even though it's over 30 minutes away. I do not have a positive history with western-style docs, and in almost every case I can remember, they misdiagnosed myself or my family whenever we needed help with something. I do not trust them to accurately diagnose a cold in most cases. Besides, ds just screams during his visit, and it's a huge pain. I'll forego the appointments unless he's really sick, and even then, I'm going to take him to a naturopath or homeopath. He's a very healthy baby, I don't need their reassurances.
 

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we have a pedi but haven't been since my 2yo DS was 8weeks. DD saw a pedi when she was born but otherwise has never been. I just don't go to the dr. unless we are sick. and we aren't sick much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Nope!!! Like you we don't have insurance so it's not like anyone would see us anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Nope, we don't have one either. DS saw a ped until he was 4 months old (when we stopped vaccinating), and we haven't been back. They won't see kids of parents that refuse vaccinations (no matter what exemptions you have)....so if the need arises, we will go to the ER or a clinic. We also have good insurance. Glad we're not the only ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Nope, we don't go either. My 3rd baby is 13 months and hasn't been back since the two week check-up. If I had any concerns I wouldn't hesitate to go but luckily my kids are never sick enough to warrant a visit.
 
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