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    Quote Originally Posted by Muppet View Post
    Can I ask why you are seeing a pediatrician repeatedly? I ask this seriously as there really is no reason to keep going unless there is a severe illness. They are not educated about nutrition or immunolgy or breastfeeding (which I hope you are still doing) or family beds (and NOT letting a baby "just" cry it out).

    Maybe you are vaccinating? If so do your research. A great place to start are the forums at www.mothering.com. Just go to the tab labeled "community." And there is a Subforum on vaxes. They also have forums in Spanish. So if you don't vax there is no real reason to go. Maybe if you like go once a year for giggles and statistics and lie about food or tell the doctor he truth - that it is none of his/her business.
    I know in Ohio, if you do not present a current vaxination record with everything done, they will not let your child into school. At least for Ohio, it's the law.

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    I do a lot of smiling and nodding. I'd get a new ped, start fresh, and avoid the diet topic all together. When they ask what she eats, just say 'everything!' You can tell them she eats a*wide balance of foods and eats anything you put in front of her and loves her fruits and veggies (they'll love that.) The only thing I've been asked about specifically was milk (we don't do dairy though), and I'm still nursing and we both do lots of leafy greens (they worry about calcium) and both supp D, so there has been no issue there.

    Good luck! If you can't lie, just avoid the topic, and share what they want to hear. Lame? Yes. But its not worth fighting a battle you cannot win (trying to get a doc who pushes the food pyramid etc to believe in the benefits of primal eating!)

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    Abuwabu,
    I would be finding another pediatrician. You do not need your current doctor to recommend another doctor, cause really they want your money, and don't want you to go anywhere else. I had to go through four different doctors before I found the right one when my son was getting his vax's. But it was well worth it. When you switch doctors, the new doctors office will get your baby's records from the old ones. You won't have to do anything.

    If you have friends with children see what doctors they go to. You could always ask to speak with the nurse and interview them before you decide to bring your baby to them. But don't continue to go to this doctor. I truly believe she is out dated with her information, really stuck in the CW mindset, and will warp anyone's mind that she can. Find a doctor you and your wife are happy with, there are plenty out there, don't just settle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms. Fai View Post
    Wow. Does your paediatrician actually have the power to force grains upon your daughter? Can they get the law involved? Here in the Uk we have health visitors, and they're only there to advise, not to enforce. Funny, if you were vegans I wonder if they would be forcing animal meat on your daughter?
    No, a pediatrician can not force any type of food on a kid! They can suggest, but they can not force anything. If she even goes through with her threat (which I doubt she will) She can call social services, and extend the truth saying the kid is being abused. She would be lying! But social services might investigate, they would interview family memebers, friends of the family, schools/daycare, and evaluate. And when the parents sit down with the investigative person, they would say we don't feed our child grains because we believe it is bad for her. The lady will look at the parents, and wonder why she was even called. If a child has a roof over her head, a warm bed, clothes, food, and even a few toys.. if she is happy, energetic, smart... nothing will happen. You folks have nothing to worry about. Social Services has worse cases to deal with involving drunk/drug addicted parents who keep having babies just to get a bigger welfare check! They will look at your family and will think that child is blessed vs. the kids that have to deal with abusive parents everyday.

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    Get a new peditrician.

    Also, what's with feeding a baby solids before they're 6 months old? That's crazy! My daughter was on the boob for her first 12 months, she didn't start on solids until she was 8 months. There is something very wrong with the "care" you and your loved ones are receiving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by croí View Post
    I know in Ohio, if you do not present a current vaxination record with everything done, they will not let your child into school. At least for Ohio, it's the law.
    Actually EVERY state in the United States has an exemption so that your child does NOT need to get vaccinated to get into school. Every state. You can just google it and find the right way to do it in your state. So your child does NOT need to be vaxed to get into school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muppet View Post
    Actually EVERY state in the United States has an exemption so that your child does NOT need to get vaccinated to get into school. Every state. You can just google it and find the right way to do it in your state. So your child does NOT need to be vaxed to get into school.
    Huh. Interesting, I did not know that. I've always been told the vax's were the law. Oh well, I would rather my son have a vax, then have to worry about chicken pox/ measels later on and an even bigger doctor bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muppet View Post
    Can I ask why you are seeing a pediatrician repeatedly? I ask this seriously as there really is no reason to keep going unless there is a severe illness. They are not educated about nutrition or immunolgy or breastfeeding (which I hope you are still doing) or family beds (and NOT letting a baby "just" cry it out).

    Maybe you are vaccinating? If so do your research. A great place to start are the forums at www.mothering.com. Just go to the tab labeled "community." And there is a Subforum on vaxes. They also have forums in Spanish. So if you don't vax there is no real reason to go. Maybe if you like go once a year for giggles and statistics and lie about food or tell the doctor he truth - that it is none of his/her business.

    A very valid question Muppet....

    The Monkey was diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism at 10 days old. A bit of a shocker when you are new parents, your monkey is not even 2 weeks old, the hospital are shut because it is knee deep in snow, no transport running, and it is your birthday. Still, that is not the point..... she has a thyroid, in the right place; it is just under-functioning, and we had it well under control within a few weeks. Thank the Lord for a decent endocrinologist and Mr Guthrie (heel-prick test).

    Because of that, coupled with the fact that she is 'underweight', they wanted to keep an eye on her, to make sure she was just small and nothing more serious. She also has a small hole in her heart. The cardiologist said there was absolutely nothing to worry about and to come and see him again in 8 months time when it should have closed up of it's own accord. As all deaths from Swine flu have been due to underlying heart problems, however, it was recommended that she have a flu/swine flu jab because of the hole-in-the-heart.

    So, at 6 months we went to see the pedo for vaccinations, at 7 months for the next bout, at 8 months for the flu jab, and 9 months for the second flu jab. But also, I guess, because we are new parents and our experience of being a parent at this moment in time has involved *a lot* of hospital time. So, going to see a pedo was just habit, something we had to do.

    Maybe the answer is simply to stop going?

    On a cultural note: I have no experience with the US, but in the UK a paediatrician is a specialist dealing with children's problems. Here in Spain a paediatrician is more a General Practitioner whose only patients are children and they mainly fill the role of a healthcare visitor.

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    awesome, i lost a post.
    personally, we don't really go to a ped anymore because i found it was a waste of our time and one of us became sick just about everytime we went. ymmv because of your experience and your daughter's medical condition.

    as far as the pediatrician goes, if s/he is threatening to call cps, i would not stop going to a pediatrician. i would call a lactation consultant who is pro-extended nursing and ask her which doctors she likes to work with. then i would have all of your daughter's medical records changed over to that doctor. this covers your butt in case the old doc DOES call cps- you look less like you're an extremist, negligent parent and more like you were seeking a second opinion. sure, if your old doc reports you, in the end your family will probably stay together. but do you really want to RISK the possibility of forced separation, cessation of breastfeeding, and legal costs because that doctor is ignorant and power hungry?

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