S.J. asks from Grantville, GA on February 08, 2008
Should I Change My Pediatrician?
There are a couple of things I'm concerned about.
First, she rushes through the visit and, though I'm sure she would answer any questions I have, she doesn't seem to want to spend the time.
The second thing is that my son had what I considered serious congestion this past fall. I took him to the doctor and she suggested trying sailene drops and a nasal syringe. That didn't work and it only got worse. I took him back a few weeks later and this time they tested and he was diagnosed with RSV. My husband and I both think his problem could have been solved on the first go round without causing him to suffer through a "trying" phase.
My final thought is more financial. My son is on my insurance now and it is really expensive. My husband can now add him to his and we can save money, but we would have to change from a pediatrician to a family practicioner. Does anyone out there use a family practicioner instead of a pediatrician with a child so young?
Thanks in advance!!
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful suggestions. We continued seeing my son's doctor through his 6 month appointment. My husband's insurance then added doctors to his plan so we're now able to switch him to a new physician with a much better plan. Thanks again!
D.S. answers from Columbia on February 11, 2008
I have three children 23, 20 and 15. The 20 year old has been sick most of her life. We have seen many pediatricians, family doctors and specialists. The pediatrician put her (us) through a lot of unnecessary stress and still not finding the problem. It took a family doctor to diagnose my child with a rare problem - abdominal migraines, but sent us to a specialist to confirm her diagnosis. I have used a family doctor since.
S.L. answers from Myrtle Beach on February 09, 2008
We switched from a ped to a family practioneer and couldn't be happier. Pedia's see sooo many kids everyday. They become just another "patient" the fam. practioners seem to really enjoy when the kids come in. Just as thorough!
I'd say go for it!!
C.C. answers from Atlanta on February 09, 2008
Oh my gosh, as a new mom, I remember trusting the medical community; however, I had issues, too, with a doctor. TRUST YOUR GUT, tell your pediatrician that you are very disappointed and upset about this, in writing or phone or in person, whatever you are comfortable with, and ask your friends for a recommendation.
Also, consider this, pediatricians see a lot of kids during the day and a stuffy nose is very common. The fact that you waited several weeks to take your son back is not her fault, it is yours.
Again, trust your gut and if you think something is wrong, insist on tests.
D.F. answers from Atlanta on February 08, 2008
I think everyone else has great advice. Something that's helped each time I've gone to the doctor is to prepare a list prior to arriving. I give the list and the doctor and nurse both go over the list with us. I'm not sure if you have tried that or not. If I didn't come with a list, I would never remember anything.
If you don't feel comfortable definitely switch. And if you don't like the doctor's diagnosis, you're the mother -- tell the doctor. You just have to trust your gut and find a doctor who listens to you. I'm about to try my third pediatrician. I'll keep changing until I find one I like. I feel the same way about my own doctors, too.
S.E. answers from Atlanta on February 09, 2008
I think you're asking the wrong question. Perhaps you should ask "why NOT change?"
Do what's best for your family no matter what the reason. For me, the financial part of it is enough. No doctor is perfect. They're all rushed. My 2nd was diagnosed with RSV but only after many visits. It's my thought that it's a tough diagnosis b/c its' symptoms can be many things. She's growing out of it but I've had her on breathing treatments since she was an infant. Both my children are asthmatic and I just keep a close eye on colds and get them on breathing treatments when I feel it's getting bad.
J.H. answers from Myrtle Beach on February 18, 2008
Absolutely change!! I had the same reservations about my pediatrician. I was so overwhelmed when I was at our pediatrician's office. I felt like if I didn't get all my questions in before his internal buzzer went off that he's lose interest and walk out (which gave me reservations about asking anything). And, you're right about diagnosing. It seemed like he didn't take the time to properly diagnose. "Just try this...if it doesn't work, then come back..." Who has time for that?? Or, the money?? Or, the patience?? However, I loved the family practitioner that I always used for myself. She also had two girls herself, and had seen it all. She even asks about my son even if he's not with me. It was the best decision I could have made. Good luck!!
A.A. answers from Atlanta on February 08, 2008
Good Evening Stacey,
Where do I begin. First let me tell you that I am a single mother of two beautiful boys ages (5 and 2). I'm going to start with your first concern, leading to the last one.
First concern, have you ever asked her why does she rush and that you don't feel comfortable with her rushing?...Second concer, I'm in school now studying Biology, w/ a focus on pre med. and my instructors always told us (the class) that as doctors, you don't know everything and that you are actually practicing trying to figure out the problem. I know thats not what you wanted to hear, but the truth is, Dr.'s don't know everything. What could have been the reason for them telling up to use Saline drops is probably because a few other children came in with similiar symptoms. Lastly, my children goes to North Fulton Pediatrics in Roswell...and I must say they are a GREAT team. Although my child see the Nurse Practioner and has seen her (Pat Musto) since they were first born. She takes her time and spends a great amount of time in the room with us, whether they are in there for a cold, well child check or going just for shots. She is very personal and she and her nurse does frequent calls checking on my children. I have seen the other Dr.'s when she wasn't in the office and they do seem a little speedy but are still very great....Sorry for the long message, but to answer your question, I would change Pediatricians if I didn't felt uncomfortable with my children Dr. ...
I hoped I've help. Good Luck, Congratulations and welcome to the "Motherhood" :)
C.L. answers from Savannah on February 09, 2008
I would definetly want a pediatrician for my children until they were atleast 13. A family practitioner is good for myself but even most Family MD will not see patients under 2 years of age. I would spend the extra money for a pediatrician for a while longer. Your pediatrician sounds good, most do suggest using the saline nose drops these work in most cases.The salt saline solution seems to help rid the nose of bacteria.
A good pediatrician would know the signs of RSV. The RSV test is only as good as the person collecting it. With that said you should know that the testing is very sensitive in getting a good nasal swab for testing.
J.T. answers from Spartanburg on February 09, 2008
I would switch because of the fact that you feel rushed. You (or the insurance company) are paying a lot of money for the visits, and a dr. should make you feel like you are being heard, and that he/she has all the time in the world to answer your questions.
I have used a family dr. for my daughter since she was born, and he is wonderful. I would never consider switching, even if i had to drive 30 minutes to him. He is very helpful and has never made me feel rushed. If you want his name, just send me a private message :)
A.L. answers from Atlanta on February 11, 2008
I think that if you are having ANY doubts or bad feelings about your current doctor, you should try someone else. Trust your instincts!! You know what is best for your child. Good luck!!