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April 27th, 2010, 04:22 AM
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listen to your doctor or pediatrician?

What's the strangest thing your doctor/pediatrician told you to do?
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April 27th, 2010, 04:28 AM
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No I don't. I had one pediatrician tell me that my 2 wk old was a spoiled rotten brat and she normally doesn't suggest this to breast feeding moms but to stick a pacifier in his mouth and let him cry it out. It was a military dr and I reported her. Let a 2 wk old cry it out! Turns out he had reflux so bad he was hospitalized a week later with ulcers down his throat. Drs are people too and can make a mistake
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April 27th, 2010, 04:56 AM
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No I don't. Although our current pediatrician is really good and is also the father of five, so I usually take his advice pretty seriously and do generally follow it. The weird advice I've gotten is usually from ER doctors or something.

I remember when Beth was a baby her pediatrician (a different one than we have now) told me I had to give her these iron supplements because she was breastfed. I tried and they made her sick. I told him at her next vist and he flipped and said it was either the vitamins or I would have to switch to formula. I asked him how much formula she'd need to get the iron and he said 100%. Funny how breastfed babies survived so long before they invented these vitamins! I decided not to follow that advice and she did just fine.
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April 27th, 2010, 05:23 AM
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No. I don't.

The stupidest thing a ped ever told me was in regards to my oldest son, Isaac, when he was about seven. He had a cyst on the back of his leg behind his knee. I took him to the doctor who insisted on sending me to the cancer center, they determined it was nothing and sent me back to the ped for follow-up. Since he had no clue what it was he told me...."it's just something black kids get."
(Yes, the ped was white)
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April 27th, 2010, 05:40 AM
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No. I don't.

The stupidest thing a ped ever told me was in regards to my oldest son, Isaac, when he was about seven. He had a cyst on the back of his leg behind his knee. I took him to the doctor who insisted on sending me to the cancer center, they determined it was nothing and sent me back to the ped for follow-up. Since he had no clue what it was he told me...."it's just something black kids get."
(Yes, the ped was white)
OMG!!! I cannot believe he said that to you. I would have had to restrain myself from slapping.

I am very good at smiling and nodding at the pediatrician. When Andrew was a baby he was a terrible sleeper. I mean terrible. The ped told me to give him Benadryl every night before bed.

After breastfeeding four babies, and counseling new moms on breastfeeding, I had learned a long time ago not to take breastfeeding advice from the ped. They mean well, but don't always have all the information.

Lately, I am bitter with my ped anyway. You know the one who told me that Shane CAN hear and it's just selective hearing he is displaying. Or, as it turns out - he has no hearing in his ear.
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April 27th, 2010, 06:23 AM
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Wow! I can't believe some of the things I'm reading!!!

I actually love my current pedi but I still don't listen to everything she says, lol!
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April 27th, 2010, 06:29 AM
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WOw, some of the things your peds say are CRAZY!
No complaints about our peds here, it's the public health nurses that tend to drive me nuts.
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April 27th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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I LOVE our pediatrician. She is very very thorough and always errs on the side of caution. If she doesn't know what is wrong she has no trouble refering you to someone who does know, but she always makes the appointments for us from her office so that they send her the results and when she gets them she calls us personally to make sure we don't have any additional questions. She has never made me feel silly or stupid or overprotective for asking silly questions and I've never felt rushed with her. She will give out advice if you push her for it but never really gives it out on her own and always ends it with "but you need to make sure that is what YOU want to do for you and your child. I can't tell you the absolute right road to take." If I call in to their office with a concern and want to talk to the doctor she calls me back within 15 minutes and once when I had a question about my kids coming into contact with my nephew who a week later was found to have whooping cough, she consulted with 3 different doctors and one specialist she knew and got back to me within an hour to tell me the best road to take to make sure my kids weren't infected and if they were what to do. She also called Nicky's ENT doctor down at the children's hospital because I had a question I needed to ask them about Nicky and no one would call me back.. so she called them, jumped all over them, and that same day they were calling me. My kids' pediatrician is definately a keeper LOL
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April 27th, 2010, 10:52 AM
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umm no not at all, I am part of the smile and nod community and then do what I feel is right, I am very open minded and will listen to what they suggest but if it doesn't make sense to me then nope not doing it.
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April 27th, 2010, 03:02 PM
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we just have a family doctor, and the twins have a ped b/c of their prematurity. We only ask questions that we know the answers for already Our guys are pretty good here
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April 27th, 2010, 10:17 PM
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I really like our pedi and she has been very helpful especially when going through all of the weight loss/food allergy issue that Will had as a baby. She is very considerate of what we want to do as parents and isn't rude at all when giving advice or suggestions for us and kind of does a "take or leave it you're the parent you make the decision you think is best" She also told us that James would need to take iron supplements because we did not introduce cereals (because of the family history with food allergies) and started with veggies ect. She never insisted or asked if he took them just told us what she thought was a good idea.

Anyway I guess I value her advice but also think for myself about my child's medical decisions and I love how she respects that. She treats me like I really care about my kid and that I am smart enough to make good choices for them
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