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Why would pediatrics refer my baby

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To a health and human services nurse? I'm so confused ...my son just turned one and he just changed to a large daycare and is getting sick a lot more than when he went to an at home daycare. He was tested and very allergic to dairy and peanuts and has an epi pen ...well 4. He also had an ear infection that wouldnt go away for 2 months. He also has tummy trouble and was getting constipated. Anyway I just got a call from a nurse from health and human services , a state nurse, and she said to tell her about my son. Once I did she said that sounds like that's a lot and she wants to help me come up with a plan to figure out these issues. She said to keep a log of when he has stomach pain and she wants to meet next Friday and she can come over or I can go there. I mean she's really nice but what's this really about? I asked if I was doing something wrong or if I'm in trouble or taking him to the Dr to much and she said no and pediatrics should have told me she'd be calling me and that they referee me. I'm a single mom and don't have a husband to vent to so please help me figure out what's going on??? I also have a 4 yr old and no one from there has ever called.

Update pg 12....
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM
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ktinaza
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM
This makes sense. Thank you.

Quoting tossed:

I did a quick google. If you are on medicaid, that is the reason. Colorado is one of the states that is advancing medicaid case management in an attempt to reduce costs and higher cost procedures. The pedi does not have time to sit with you and talk through all of these things. There may be conditions like constipation that can be handled by a nurse and don't require a dr visit...I know some can, but most don't. The pedi saw a situation where a child's illnesses took a sudden increase and were not resolving as expected. This is a way to have someone help you and follow your child's progress. 

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Jadegirl1819
by Bronze Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I would be calling the pediatrician and asking wtf.  I'm sorry, but if the doctor can't figure out what is wrong why would he expect a nurse to?  Why couldn't he refer you to an ENT doctor for the ear infection (which I reccomend) or a GI doctor for the tummy issues? I think I would be looking for a new doctor. 

Do you give him any meds for the constipation?  That alone will cause a lot of stomach and bladder issues.

ktinaza
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM
We went to an ENT and he said if it continues into summer then he'd be concerned and I asked about a GI specialist and they gave him meds for acid reflux instead so idk. The tummy issues have been going on for 8 months now.

Quoting Jadegirl1819:

I would be calling the pediatrician and asking wtf.  I'm sorry, but if the doctor can't figure out what is wrong why would he expect a nurse to?  Why couldn't he refer you to an ENT doctor for the ear infection (which I reccomend) or a GI doctor for the tummy issues? I think I would be looking for a new doctor. 


Do you give him any meds for the constipation?  That alone will cause a lot of stomach and bladder issues.

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elephantmamaof2
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM
I think it's a great resource for you! Don't be scared and take advantage of every chance you get to speak to her! Good luck with the allergies and everything mama!
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ktinaza
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Thank you.

Quoting elephantmamaof2:

I think it's a great resource for you! Don't be scared and take advantage of every chance you get to speak to her! Good luck with the allergies and everything mama!
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Jadegirl1819
by Bronze Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Wow, you must have gone to an awful ENT.  He/she will really allow the child to have an ear infection for that long...They effect hearing which effects speech not to mention the pain and the amount of antibiotics...  Makes me cringe.

From the other posters it sounds like this nurse could be a good thing for your child.  Maybe she will get the doctors to wake up and do their jobs.

Quoting ktinaza:

We went to an ENT and he said if it continues into summer then he'd be concerned and I asked about a GI specialist and they gave him meds for acid reflux instead so idk. The tummy issues have been going on for 8 months now.

Quoting Jadegirl1819:

I would be calling the pediatrician and asking wtf.  I'm sorry, but if the doctor can't figure out what is wrong why would he expect a nurse to?  Why couldn't he refer you to an ENT doctor for the ear infection (which I reccomend) or a GI doctor for the tummy issues? I think I would be looking for a new doctor. 


Do you give him any meds for the constipation?  That alone will cause a lot of stomach and bladder issues.


elephantmamaof2
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM
No problem! We were assigned a nurse like that through our insurance when my 30 week preemie went home. It was one of the best resources ever! I was so scared and knowing that she was there and made home visits totally put my mind at ease!


Quoting ktinaza:

Thank you.



Quoting elephantmamaof2:

I think it's a great resource for you! Don't be scared and take advantage of every chance you get to speak to her! Good luck with the allergies and everything mama!

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cherkahn1
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I WOULD BE CAREFUL!!!! I woman I worked with had a nurse that came to her house. The woman started to get very pushy about coming very frequently, becoame curious about where the father was, food in the house, etc. And threatened to call a social worker when my friend told her she no longer needed the nurse to visit the family at home. It is your home and your kids- you do not need to let anyone in, and be wary of those that you do. 

Maevelyn
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

It sounds like you need help managing his health issues and they referred you to a nurse who specializes in doing that. I would  take the help. She sees lots of kids with all kinds of problems so she'll probably have really good ideas about what works and what you can try. 

iamcafemom83
by Mariah on Jan. 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM
I would call the ped's office back to make sure this lady should be calling. You never know it could be some weirdo! I wouldn't meet up with some random person callin my house til I knew more. That's just my own paranoia.

But it could also be useful. If she is there to truly help you, let her. Good luck.
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