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Is there truly a need for annual well child visits? I took one child today, am taking another on Thursday, and will have to reschedual for the 3rd child who was supposed to go today but threw a tantrum at the last minute. It's exhausting to go there, explain to the ped why I'm not agreeing to any of the vaxes she wants to inject into my kid, explain to my kid why the dr is offering to talk to her about puberty when we've already had in-depth talks on the subject, and walk out of there with a lab test that I need to follow up on (chickenpox titers).<br><br>
I know DS needs a checkup for school entry- 1st grade, plus he's entering a new school. But is there really a need for this for a healthy homeschooled 11yo?
 

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I take the girls.<br><br>
They don't do vax's at the clinics here, even if they did my Dr doesn't agree with unnecessary vax's which he thinks most are.<br><br>
If it was not for the well baby visits we wouldn't know that my middle dd has a heart defect that she will need surgery for.<br><br>
IMO it is good to have a record of what YOUR child's norm is so if they do get sick the dr can base how sick that child is off of YOUR child & not the national average during a survey they did 20 years ago.<br><br>
I do book my 2 kids who have bdays close together at the same time. Between the 3 girls & I we go in 3 times a year, all for physicals. I go in 1-2 other times a year for a prescription renewal for B12 & for stupid things like today to get a piece of paper that I dropped off 11 weeks ago that I"m pretty sure my dr never got & the nurse lost it.
 

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Maybe not necessary, but I think there are good reasons to take them in once a year. In addition to the previous poster's reasons, just getting them in the habit of going to the doctor once a year is good so they will hopefully continue when they are adults and they are at higher risk for cancer and the like. I do hear you on the frustration and how time consuming it can be.
 

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I take my 3 kids yearly for a physical. They are fully vaxed so we don't have any conflicts surrounding vaccine issues, but my pedi said she has a lot of patients who don't vax and she honestly doesn't seem rattled by vaccine status.<br><br>
I think there are benefits to preventative care. My children have received scoliosis screening, vision and hearing tests that I would be unable to provide for them at home. They are thankfully never sick so it's just a once a year visit to touch base and maintain a relationship. And I like the way she reinforces safety issues, healthy eating, exercise, and growth and development as we move closer to the teen years. We get a copy of their physical exam every year which works out well for school and sports participation.<br><br>
I like knowing we have an established realtionship should anyone become seriously ill or injured.
 

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OK, but we're well past the "baby" stage now. I'm talking about an 11yo.
 

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I think that I can count on one (ok, maybe both) hands the number of times I remember a dr looking me over.<br><br>
So no, I don't really see the need for well dr visits in a 11 year old.
 

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I read 2 books - <i>How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor</i>, and <i>Taking Charge of Your Child's Health</i> that both give a mostly negative perspective on the need for well child visits. <i>Taking Charge...</i> gives excellent instructions on examining your child yourself. That being said, I still take my DD in to my no-vax-friendly ped on schedule (after skipping months 2-12 because I didn't have a good doc). I ignore a lot of her advice (after careful consideration, of course), but it is nice to run my questions by her and it is covered by our health insurance. I agree with what the other PP's have said as well.
 

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most of the time these subjects are brought up it's about babies, sorry.lol<br><br>
I would definitly take the 11yo in to a Family or General dr, not a ped(we don't see peds at all here) for an annual physical. They need to be comfortable enough with their dr for when it's time to have the gyno part of a physical(we don't see gynos here either).
 

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There aren't any general doctors or family doctors in my area at all- at least none that our insurance will accept. It's a choice between a pediatrician or an internist. The handful of doctors labeled "family medicine" accept teenagers (with a specific starting age for each practice, usually 14- 16) and adults.<br><br>
So basically my choices are to take her to the ped or not take her at all. There is no "middle ground." We do go the the chiropractor regularly, but that's separate from the "official annual physical."
 

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We don't go to the doctor unless we're sick. The only reason I would take my healthy kids to check-ups would be to maintain the relationship with a specific doctor, but since we haven't really found a doctor in this area that we want to maintain a relationship with I don't bother.<br><br>
I'm not worried about my kids having medical issues that I'm not aware of but that a doctor could detect for several reasons. The first one is that I know my kids very well, better than a physician could who sees them even once a year, and I know what's normal for them. I trust my instincts there. Another reason is that the well-child check-ups that we've been to in the past have been so brief and cursory, and focused so much more on issues that I would consider to be parenting issues than on medical issues, that they don't seem valuable to me. (This depends on the doctor, I suppose, I'm just describing our experience.)<br><br>
Oh, and we are non-vaxers, so you know where I'm coming from. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I kind of question the 'maintaining a relationship' thing personally. Unless you go to a really small practice your (general you) child is one of how many hundreds of kids that ped sees. I really don't see how that establishes a relationship or baseline of normal for that child.<br><br>
That said I did do checkups for 2 years just to be "safe"...whatever that means.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Then our wonderful family practice DO left to practice in a different county. I got the distinct impression that part of his leaving was due to his non-vax friendly status, so I have not been back.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
If you take him to the chiro I would think they could clue you in to any problems just as well as a ped could.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Not all disorders show symptoms until it's too late. In my dd's case, she has no physical symptoms. It is a heart defect that kills people in their 30's-40's of a sudden heart attack. It is preventable IF they know about it but most people who die of it don't know they have it.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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The baseline for that child will be in the chart. But as I also mentioned you need to really avoid peds & go into a FP/GP instead as they're not having to switch once they get to a certain age. The good ones(all dr's) stop taking on new patients when their load gets too full. Unforuntatly this does make it hard to find a dr. Our dr did this 5 or 6 years ago, he only takes on new patients if they are a new sibling/dh of one he already has. My dr will bring up something I mentioned once 3 or 4 years earlier to make sure it isn't still an issue. he has an almost unnatural memory,lol. He'll ask about any of the kids & dh if they're not with me
 

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Hmm. I don't know about yearly. I was told when dd1 was 18 months old, that I didn't need to come back until she was 5! I haven't brought dd2 to the doctor since we were discharged by the midwives at 6 weeks. Of course, if I had a concern, my doctor would be there, but I don't. So why go?<br><br>
ETA: I haven't had a "check-up" for dd1 since that 18 months one. She's now almost 4.
 
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