Daughter is 19 months old. Normal height, normal weight. No problems during pregnancy or at birth. She did flip breech at 38 weeks and flipped back at 39 weeks. I was induced shortly after she flipped back down, and she was born a few hours later.
2 Months old - Went to a routine pedi appt. He made the comment that her joints in her legs were loose and asked if she was breech. I said yes, but only for one week. So he sent me to a specialist to make sure she was okay. Everything turned out fine. Let me add in that from what I have read, there is only a risk with babies who have been breech for quite some time. One week is irrelevant.
6 Months old - Went to a routine pedi appt. He made the comment that she wasn't sitting up. So he sent me to another specialist to make sure she was okay. Before anyone could even come to my house (it was going to be another home visit) she went from creeping to sitting up, standing, crawling, and walking around the coffee table in about a 3 week period. So I canceled the appt. since she was obviously fine.
18 Months old - She says 7-10 words, but understands many more, and every week it seems she is learning a new word. Pedi referred us AGAIN to a specialist to have her hearing checked. Then tried to coerce me to have a speech pathologist evaluate her. Thing is, she has always well exceeded her peers in physical things, but for verbal while she isn't ahead, she has never been the slowest child. Also until this last week or so, she has not cared about imitating us. She does not sit down for long, she wants to move and do physical things, even if it's just coloring. That is just her temperament. She is a busy body.
She can go get a ball, throw her diaper away, she likes to go say hi to her puppy, when she hears daddy she runs to the door to get daddy, she can play hide and go seek, turn things on and off, etc. She can also put her blocks on the correct stick (it's like a color coded organizer) when asked to. She also dances when asked and is currently learning the head, shoulders, knees and toes song.
The first thing to do with her speech was to have her hearing tested. They ran three different tests and she did perfectly on each of them. The lady commented on how bright and alert Kali is. To get her through the booth part of the test, we put a dry erase board and a marker on the table with her. She went from screaming to total chill mode. The lady was impressed and really s...urprised, so I think even she noticed that Kali is just physical and loves to remain busy.
So, to be honest I have been a wreck. Every doctors appt it's specialist this or specialist that. I get that he's concerned, but he's seriously kind of freaking me out. What in the hell is the point in going to a pediatrician if 1. He is always going to refer me out and 2. He always has fears that aren't realistic?
He has made it a point to tell me each time that there are programs if he refers her before a certain age, etc. It's almost like he is only sending me because the program exists and there is a cut off age. I'd love to know how many children actually get referred out by this pediatrician.
He is a truly awesome doctor when there aren't any problems, but when there are I feel like he kind of over reacts and is very quick to do so...
I also have her in classes once a week. They are ran through the school system and are sort of a Mommy and Me type class. The kids go off to play with supervision and us parents talk about any issues or problems that we may have and the mentors/educators are there to help. They are licensed and trained to catch any delays, and the people are not worried about her. I have been attending them for over a year now with her, so I am more prone to believe them when they say there might be a problem (which they have never said) versus a pediatrician who see's her maybe 10 minutes every 3-4 months.
So anyway, I have considered switching pediatricians. My husband is very fond of this specific pediatrician, but he understands my concerns as well. Any advice? Am I being too hard on this guy, or are three referals to specialists in less than two years enough to maybe just switch docs? Thanks.
And please, be sensitive. I have cried MANY times over wondering if our child was okay, and she was. I do not need any drama over this post. I am just looking for some guidance.
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