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Would you change pediatricians if.....

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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My dd2 is 4 weeks old. 3 of those weeks she's been crying while awake. This isn't a regular cry its a screeching cry. So I know she's in pain. I took her to the ER by my home and the dr came in, tapped on her stomach said its colic and sent us home. Not happy with the results I followed up with her pediatrician and he said he didn't think it was colic but thought it was gas. So he had me eliminate things out of my diet (I'm breastfeeding) such as green veggies, garlic, spicy foods, citrus, etc. things eased up slightly but not much. In her 4 weeks of life we've been to the dr 5 times and ER once. When we went back to her pediatrician this past Thursday for her one month check up and I let him know the cry is STILL there and I know she's in pain. Nothing soothes her and its every time she's awake. His response was, I'm not sure what it is so she's going to have to grow out of it. Still not happy, I decided to go for a second opinion yesterday. I took her to our children's hospital ER. I didn't go there the first time because its 30-40 mins from my house and it was midnight the first time. When we got there they preceded to ask about how she was eating and if she was burping well, etc. next they said they wanted to do an eye test with dye and look under a black light for abrasions. Well low and behold she has a corneal abrasion (scratch on her eyeball). They said she probably scratched herself in the eye. And it's known to be VERY painful. So they gave me a script for erythromycin ointment to put in her eye 4 times a day for 7 days and then of course follow up with her pediatrician. I'm relieved because now I now the problem and we're fixing it. But I'm also upset because this has been going n for weeks. And her pediatrician was so passive about it. He didn't recommend tests or nothing. Had I not taken the initiative then she would've still been going thru this. My mom seems to think I should stay with him and just let him know what they said and my concern. But I feel he's the "child specialist" and he should be aware. Or if he didn't have the answer he should've referred me elsewhere. Would you stay with him or would you find another one? I'm a RN so I know no doctor is perfect and they are "practicing medicine." But when you "specialize" in a certain area I think you should know more or if you don't have the answer, send me to someone who might.
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abra
by Abra on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Yes, I would. I have switched for lesser problems. 

slovette
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Ok. I wanted to make sure I wasn't overreacting.


Quoting abra:

Yes, I would. I have switched for lesser problems. 


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ELFs_Mommy
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM
I wouldn't. He's a pediatrician. Not an eye dr. He specializes in children, I wouldn't expect him to jump to maybe something is wrong with her eye. Usually when a baby that age is crying like that, you think colic or gas and start trying to eliminate gas inducing foods.
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Peachy34500
by Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:29 PM
If it makes you feel better to switch, then I would.. you have to feel comfortable for your baby to feel comfortable
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MrsApple
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

But you SHOULD expect them to take the time to atleast try to find out what's wrong,not just say,"she'll have to grow out of it because I don't know what's wrong" after only having the mother try an elimination diet.

Slovette,I would definitely switch Peds!


Quoting ELFs_Mommy:

I wouldn't. He's a pediatrician. Not an eye dr. He specializes in children, I wouldn't expect him to jump to maybe something is wrong with her eye. Usually when a baby that age is crying like that, you think colic or gas and start trying to eliminate gas inducing foods.



slovette
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM
True but I went to the children's hospital and the first thing they checked was her eye. And they're pediatricians not eye doctors.


Quoting ELFs_Mommy:

I wouldn't. He's a pediatrician. Not an eye dr. He specializes in children, I wouldn't expect him to jump to maybe something is wrong with her eye. Usually when a baby that age is crying like that, you think colic or gas and start trying to eliminate gas inducing foods.

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divinedimension
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM
I'd fire him because he didn't test for pyloric stenosis, but not bc he didn't catch the eye problem.


Quoting ELFs_Mommy:

I wouldn't. He's a pediatrician. Not an eye dr. He specializes in children, I wouldn't expect him to jump to maybe something is wrong with her eye. Usually when a baby that age is crying like that, you think colic or gas and start trying to eliminate gas inducing foods.

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slovette
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM
I agree. That's why I said if he didn't know, why not refer me elsewhere? I've seen him FIVE times and I complained about it every time. And got nothing. So now I have to follow up with him and I don't want to. He couldn't even tell me what was wrong. But I didnt know if i should or if i should find a new one to follow up with.


Quoting MrsApple:

But you SHOULD expect them to take the time to atleast try to find out what's wrong,not just say,"she'll have to grow out of it because I don't know what's wrong" after only having the mother try an elimination diet.

Slovette,I would definitely switch Peds!



Quoting ELFs_Mommy:

I wouldn't. He's a pediatrician. Not an eye dr. He specializes in children, I wouldn't expect him to jump to maybe something is wrong with her eye. Usually when a baby that age is crying like that, you think colic or gas and start trying to eliminate gas inducing foods.





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JustFox
by Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM
My pedi told us she had colic but she really had reflux. The children's hospital is much more equiped to deal with it... I would keep and just keep an eye on ur daughter its a science of medicine things are always changing.
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MrsApple
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM


Oh,I'd follow up with him for sure just so he knows how wrong he was...then I'd tell him my child would no longer be his patient and walk out.

Quoting slovette:

I agree. That's why I said if he didn't know, why not refer me elsewhere? I've seen him FIVE times and I complained about it every time. And got nothing. So now I have to follow up with him and I don't want to. He couldn't even tell me what was wrong. But I didnt know if i should or if i should find a new one to follow up with.


Quoting MrsApple:

But you SHOULD expect them to take the time to atleast try to find out what's wrong,not just say,"she'll have to grow out of it because I don't know what's wrong" after only having the mother try an elimination diet.

Slovette,I would definitely switch Peds!



Quoting ELFs_Mommy:

I wouldn't. He's a pediatrician. Not an eye dr. He specializes in children, I wouldn't expect him to jump to maybe something is wrong with her eye. Usually when a baby that age is crying like that, you think colic or gas and start trying to eliminate gas inducing foods.







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