Recently in a conversation, my interest was piqued when a mom mentioned bringing her 14 year old in for a "well child" visit. It struck me as odd, a 14 year old having a well child visit, however, it got me thinking.
See, I've long held a "rigorous" schedule of well child exams, right up until Kindergarten...at which point I begin to operate on a "need to know" (i.e ill child) schedule with our pediatrician, until sports physicals are required, which is 7th grade and every two years after that.
But I wonder...am I in the minority? Is it the norm to bring your older children to the doctor every year?
When I think of it, I guess, "why not"...after all, I see a doctor every year, so why not my kids? I know that if I had concerns about them, I would bring them in in a heartbeat, but after so many years, so many visits of height and weight and peeks in healthy ears...why?
Now I've totally got my own wheels spinning here. As I sit with a 3 and a half year old who is over-due for her 3 year well child. Her birthday is in February. February = cold and flu season and bugs and germs and viruses that hide in every nook and cranny, on every surface, lingering in the air just waiting to be caught and passed onto our household of 7.
I purposely delayed hers, to avoid those nasty germs, with good intentions of getting her in after cold and flu season...but if any of you remember what the first 5 or so months of 2011 were like for us, life got overwhelming, and a 3 year well child visit seemed like the least of our worries and was put on the back burner.
Our insurance only covers one physical per year per person, so that means that if I take her in now for her 3 (and a half) year visit, I couldn't do her 4 year visit until next summer, at which point she'd be 4 and a half. One thing I've discovered in motherhood is that 4 year olds handle their Kindergarten vaccinations much better than 5 year olds.
MUCH better. (More on that in a sec...) So, she would get her 4 year vaccinations when she is closer to 5 and I'm guessing that wouldn't be so much fun. For anyone.
Especially if you know Baby Girl. She'd be liable to not speak to me for the rest of her life. And I'm totally not joking.
Slight digression...but important info for YOU! We took Dubya in for his 4 year well child exam one day shy of his fourth birthday. ONE DAY.
And they wouldn't do his shots. Not because they didn't want to, but because they said the schools are SO particular about this, that if they see a child had their shots before their 4th birthday, EVEN ONE DAY, they would make them be repeated.
So we waited until he was 5. It wasn't fun. 4 is SO much easier.
Lesson to you...schedule well child visits on or AFTER your child's birthday.
Just, perhaps, not 6 months after that birthday.
Anyway, how do YOU do well child visits? Every year until, well, forever? Or are you more like me and do them all right up until Kindergarten?
And now I sit and wonder, do I need to get all of my kiddos in for physicals?! GAH!
Why does parenting have to involve so much decision making.