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What do you wish all pediatricians would realize and practice differently?

What things have you found that pediatricians do or say that you wish they wouldn't? I wish that pediatricians would stop saying that it's okay to start solids at 4 months. I hear constantly about how someone's pediatrician said that it was okay to go ahead and start cereal at 4 months. Since as moms we tend to not question the authority of our pediatricians, what things do you wish they would stop doing?

Asked By: rainwriterm - 7/19/2008
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My wish is broad: that they'd give a disclaimer for any extranneous advice that it is their opinion, and that only. Extranneous as in car seats, crying it out, cosleeping, etc. Things that are not immediatedly health related, but perhaps secondary health issues. I LOVE my son's pediatrician - he was my pediatrician... More
Answered By: littleangelfire81 - 7/19/2008
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Encouraging moms to start giving more solid meals and less breastmilk meals per day too soon. My doctor told me that my daughter should be eating 2 solid meals per day, and ever since I did my milk supply is horrible and it's so hard to keep it up.
Answered By: Kelly M - 7/19/2008
 
I wish they would all stop using vaccines made by the Merck pharmaceutical company because they use the tissues of aborted fetuses in making their vaccines.
Answered By: RAVEN - 7/19/2008
 
I don't question my pediatrician. No matter how experienced of a mother I may or may not be, a ped goes through years and years of training and education to practice medicine. I do not think I am smarter than he is and I personally think its ridiculous that with the invent of the Internet that everyone decided that... More
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Answered By: jezzie1977 - 7/19/2008
 
I am ok with the 4 month thing because some babies it is needed and they take it based on each individual case. My boys weren't gaining weight on formula because they hated it after i stopped breastfeeding but i could hide formula in their food and they started gaining weight with the food. That was at 3 1/2 months... More
Answered By: dueinoctwith#3 - 7/19/2008
 
I wish they'd stop telling all mothers that they must WAIT to introduce solids until 6 months! I wish they would consider the child and use their brains rather than spouting off anything and everything the AAP tells them is correct. I wish they'd use their experience rather than go by trends. I wish they'd teach... More
Answered By: Evalee's Mommy - 7/19/2008
 
I wish they would stop giving horrible breastfeeding advice. Either get an education on infant feeding from someone other than a formula company, or refer patients to an IBCLC who can help them.
Answered By: GranolaMom - 7/19/2008
 
Well put jezzie! I don't question my ped on the food, or juice, pacifier, or bottle. He has gone through way more training than I have, and I know my children aren't his only patients. He sees things over and over again, and has a broad spectrum of acceptable - versus a closed minded view of my own little life... More
Answered By: Paula K - 7/19/2008
 
I wish that my pediatrician did not give me advice about anything. If I ask for advice then great, but instead they have all this bull-crap info aiting for me. Like wean your baby now, CIO, start solids, and baby lead weaning is not "real"!
Answered By: Cades Mommy - 7/19/2008
 
That is why I LOVE my pediatrician. He has never given me any kind of recommendation unless I ask him for it specifically. He comments on my child's health, not on my parenting decisions... More
Answered By: desert mama - 7/19/2008
 
I agree with your comment about how to give the okay to start solids at 4 months. The longer they wait, the less likely that are to have allergies... More
Answered By: Karla - 7/19/2008
 
I wish they'd stop dispensing solid food and breastfeeding advice! Pediatricians are NOT trained in nutrition and lactation!! I'll gladly sit and listen to them talk about diseases and medicine, since they actually went to school for it... More
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Answered By: Lauren F - 7/19/2008
 
Now I am rather lucky with my son's pediatrician. When I started the rice cereal at a week before his four month check up they were fine with it. My son was 13 lbs 13 oz, only 5 lb 5 oz at birth. He was eating over 40 oz a formula a day, and screaming when I ate if I was anywhere withing sight. He loves his food... More
Answered By: hoopy - 7/19/2008
 
I just wish they'd take the time actually listen and diagnose before rushing to prescribe something...or actually listen and DO prescribe something if needed. That goes for regular physicians as well. I feel like they just rush to move on to the next person without taking the time to learn more about particular... More
Answered By: elizabeth_ashley44 - 7/19/2008
 
I don't think there is anything wrong with starting solids at 4 months, if your baby is ready. I wish more parents would look for clues in their babies behaviour for certain things instead of sticking to strict schedules, age timelines... More
Answered By: kiki n - 7/19/2008
 
I wish they would stop giving advice about breastfeeding and solids. They are NOT infant nutrition experts. The 'advice' they dispense is usually their opinion, and not based completely on fact. I love my pediatrician because he doesn't give advice about feeding.
Answered By: Hokie Dokie - 7/19/2008
 
I'm so lucky to have my pediatrician. She is also a really good lactation consultant. She has always been supportive of my decisions...co-sleeping, baby-wearing, extended nursing, delayed vaccines, and then no vaccines. She wanted to make sure I was knowledgeable on the topics and just gave me the info...she didn't try... More
Answered By: mommy_2_bella - 7/19/2008
 
I don't wish my Paediatricians would change anything... More
Answered By: ♥ Charli ♥ Needs A Holiday - 7/20/2008
 
I wish that they would stop saying that if your baby has constapation and it like a month old, don't feed it water. It got the poop out of my baby! I also wish that they would stop saying that babies can't feel pain. my baby was born with some extra skin on his wee-wee. His doctor said to put some cream on it. I asked... More
Answered By: Sierra - 7/20/2008
 
Stop assuming that kids will out grow things...like for ex., my 17 month old is not pronouncing words well which is to be expected but every word is muffled and jumbled and nothing is clear. She tries to talk alot but nothing is clear. She has had fluid in her ears for 11 weeks now and recurrent ear infections. I... More
Answered By: Blueberry - 7/20/2008
 
I wish they would stop giving babies thrush medication that is loaded with sugar. Hello, thrush is a yeast infection, yeast feeds on sugar. I went through it, as did several of my friends. It makes the infection so much worse and it makes the baby miserable.
Answered By: UVA Rocks Hokies SUCK! - 7/20/2008
 
Here's a scenario: My first child, a girl, her appendix ruptured when she was 7 1/2. When my 3rd child, another girl, came home from school one day with the exact same symptoms as my first had, i called the Dr. immediately so that we could get her in and get things checked before she went through the same thing. I... More
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Answered By: laffngrl2 - 7/20/2008
 
It is important to shop around for a good pediatrician. I went though 2 before I found one that I like. The thing I like most about my children's doctor is that he listens to me. He trusts my motherly instincts. I don't like doctors that don't listen and don't take seriously a mother's concerns. Doctors know a lot... More
Answered By: moonlight177@sbcglobal.net - 7/20/2008
 
nothing, i LOVE my pediatrician! all of his advice and recommendations have been wonderful... More
Answered By: BABA BOOEY!!!! - 7/20/2008
 
"Since as moms we tend to not question the authority of our pediatricians..." Ah, well. Perhaps it's not the doctors that need to do something differently?
Answered By: "Obber" - 7/20/2008
 
i wish they would stop prescribing antibiotics when not necessary.
Answered By: ♥Hannah's Mommy♥ - 7/20/2008
 
I wish my doc would explain things better to me. Just because he has given out the answer to 100 other people doesn't mean I don't need to know too. I always get " yeah, everyone asks that and then a vague answer.
Answered By: Aggie H - 7/20/2008
 
pediatricians should at least follow the guidelines put out by the AAP. i hear people talk about bad advice from their pediatricians all the time. at least i'm not afraid to fire a doctor who is giving bad advice.
Answered By: chaley1998 - 7/20/2008
 
This list is long for me..but the number one thing is to strongly encourage exclusive breastfeeding according to the AAP guidelines which states a least 6 months (exclusively). We would have such healthier mommies and babies. They should also provide better resources and education to mommies who need to work and... More
Answered By: luvnbirth - 7/20/2008
 
I wish pediatricians were less judgemental about delayed vaccinations... there are very few who are supportive of this. Is that doctor going to be there to help you when your child has a bad reaction or suffers permanent damage? No I didn't think so. So he/she should let the parents make that decision without making... More
Answered By: autismcaregiver - 7/20/2008
 
do some more current research on their own. take a breastfeeding class or something and a nutritional class of some sort. reseatch the mroe natural ways to do things so all the crunchy momma's can have some support... More
Answered By: Jillian - 7/20/2008
 
I wish that they would not ignore or deny/dispute obvious vaccine reactions even if they occur weeks after the vaccine.
Answered By: tasha l - 7/20/2008
 
One thing I'm SICK of hearing is how of all things, our pediatrician says to stop giving real fruit juice... there is NOTHING wrong with fruit/real juice... how about stop giving processed fattening foods. I promise, juice is NOT the problem in our society, it's called "happy meals".
Answered By: *Due 11/29 with number 4!* - 7/20/2008
 
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