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April 17th, 2011, 01:11 PM
mommytokem's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I have a quick question, after doing much research, I've decided to not continue vaccinating my children and my youngest has not had any. Do you still take your kids to their regular well child visits? The reason I ask is because we just moved and my youngest will be 9 mos old in a couple of weeks and I don't know anyone around here to get a recommendation for a dr from so I was wondering if I should just skip it or not, but I already skipped his 6 mos check up. Plus dd 1 has not had a check up since she was 3 and she's 5 now. I just don't want to rush to find a dr either.
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April 17th, 2011, 02:33 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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we still go to our well visits. i love our dr.

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April 17th, 2011, 03:06 PM
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Well Baby visits are set up to correspond to the vaccine schedule. I felt no need to go as my son wasn't getting any vaccinations. If he's sick, I take him in like any other person.

Other than shots, it's mostly just weight, length, and temperature.

Some do, some don't. You have to decide what's right for you. But the majority of non-vaxing mom's don't take them in.
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April 17th, 2011, 06:09 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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I like to have the dr give DD a check over and whatnot. A friend's 9 month old was diagnosed with a heart condition at a well visit when the ped heard something off listening to the heart and he needed immediate heart surgery. I'd rather go than not. But we love our dr.

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April 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM
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I didn't take my daughter to her 9 month check up, although her dr wanted her to come in. It seemed, from my PR, that most drs saw the 9 month check as optional. We ended up finding a new vaccine friendly dr during that time, though. I would take the time to find a dr you like and feel comfortable with, and then get both kids in to see him/her. Even if they are well now, you'll want someone for when they are sick, and then you might find yourself struggling to find someone, and not being able to get in on short notice. There was a 3 month waiting list when we started seeing our new doctor, and that was actually for a NP, and the dr was like 6 months!

I used Dr. Sears site to find a vaccine friendly dr. Here's the link, if you want to check and see if there is one in your area.

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April 17th, 2011, 08:58 PM
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We go to the well baby visits because I like to keep a relationship with the doctor. When we need her advise, I don't want to seem like I only come in with my tail between my legs kwim? She always asks us about vaxing, but she's great about not pushing the issue beyond finding out if we've changed our minds.

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April 17th, 2011, 09:17 PM
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We just started going to a new pedi who is supportive of not vaxxing - she actually squeezed in Jackson's 12month well baby check up before she went on maternity leave. I think we will keep up with the well checks because I also want to develop a good relationship with her and Jackson has other issues that we are working on (GI stuff, torticollis and not sleeping). Luckily our new pedi is very supportive of not vaxxing.

I say if you don't currently have a pedi you are comfortable with and your kids are healthy there shouldn't be a super rush. Take your time and interview pedi's - you can even start by phoning and just asking what the office's policy on vaxxing is. Good luck!
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April 18th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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Thanks ladies, that makes me feel better, I will take a few weeks and see what I can find out.
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April 18th, 2011, 01:05 PM
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We dont do well visits....we do the original few that my midwife does...then I have my initial appt with our doctor and then I dont go in unless i have a concern and then once a year to document healthy children. Which reminds me I need to do that with a couple of my kids.

I dont see a point in going in for them to say "do you have questions" me: no "Do you have concerns" me: no "are you getting shots" me: no LOL...you get the idea
Momma to Emma, Elzie, Gretchen, Olive, and Rogan

We aren't to give a baby milk, berries, or peanut butter. We are to introduce new foods one at a time. But it's OK to inject several viruses, bacteria, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, animal serum, mercury, squalene and more into an 8 week old? I don't think so.
In order to be healthy it is an unfortunate fact that people must be allowed the opportunity to be ill. I trust my body and those of my children to work correctly against the relatively benign diseases they vax for, and do not trust the ingredients in the vaccinations.
Our choice to not vax isn't based in ignorance, poverty, conspiracy theory and rumor. It's research, common sense, fact and evidence based..something the medical community has largely forgot about.
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