Well child doctor visit

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Well child doctor visit
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Thu, 11-04-2010 - 7:12pm

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Registered: 05-26-2004
Thu, 11-04-2010 - 8:19pm

Yup, I still take all 3 of my kids to the doctor at least once a year for their check-ups.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 11-04-2010 - 8:28pm

Yes, we do, and you absolutely should! (Actually, even adults should get checked out yearly, although I'm not that great about this myself.)

I get the whole modesty thing. My daughter insisted that she have a female doctor when she was about 12, so we switched. It actually worked out well because our other doc, a man, was leaving the practice so it was a natural time to choose someone else.

If your DD is giving you a hard time, ask her what she doesn't like. Some pediatricians are not that great with teens, so you should listen to her and switch if this is the case. Kids this age hate to be treated as children, so if your practice doesn't have the policy of seeing the teen first with the parent and then alone, you should also consider switching. Our doctor is great about kicking the parent out when it's time to talk openly with the teen about drugs, sex, etc. Both of my kids (13 and 15) totally trust their doctor.

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Registered: 03-06-1998
Thu, 11-04-2010 - 9:28pm

ITA w/ what ashsmama said.




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Registered: 01-06-2006
Thu, 11-04-2010 - 11:33pm

Yes, my kids go in for a check up every year.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 11-05-2010 - 9:06am

We don't, but we go in every year for her annual sports physical, so I consider that basically the same thing.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 11-05-2010 - 11:02am

My DD also needed to go to get to play sports so she went every year.

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Registered: 05-12-2009
Fri, 11-05-2010 - 1:13pm

We don't, our insurnace stopped paying for them at the age of 6 or so and the visit itself was too much for us to pay out of pocket.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Fri, 11-05-2010 - 3:51pm

The kids doc reccomend every 2 years after the age of 11 unless anything unusual comes up. We took DD 12 and she has an appointment for 14. She did end up going in at 13 for strep and they did a whole work-up on her then too.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 11-05-2010 - 8:00pm

This is surprising to me, because my children's camps, as well as the sports teams in most high schools around here, require a physical every year. And most medical insurance companies pay for one each year, so it makes sense to get it.

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Registered: 05-12-2009
Fri, 11-05-2010 - 9:38pm
The key word it most, my dh's campany has it set to stop paying at the age of 6 and start again at 18. I was told this when I got a bill for Matthew's well child at the age of 7. So I called to find out what was going on and that is when I was told. Didn't make any sense to me. I check to see what shots they needed plus the schools kinda help keep us on track. But I already know when they need to go in for shots and at that time they do a check up. At 11 they go back for a tetnus update and chicken pox booster.
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