My boys always see the CNP for their well checks. I like her a lot! We get along well with my parenting styles and such, but she's not a doctor. Dalton has had ear infections since birth, even with tubes. He is on a nebulizer because he wheezes. We do it about 5x/week. I am about to schedule his well check for 1 year and I'm debating scheduling it on a different day with a real Doctor. It's not that I don't trust her, but I kind of feel like doctors go to school longer so they can figure the tougher stuff out. What would you do?
I don't have any experience with a CNP, but for a persistant problem, I always think it's a good idea to get a fresh set of eyes on it. And if that fresh set of eyes happens to have more experience/education....even better. Our pedi's office has 4 docs and even though we have one main pedi, I do at times see other ones and I enjoy getting a different perspective. If it were me I would see the doctor at 1 year. What would be the harm? From my perspective, you only have the possibility of gaining more information by doing that.
Amy you know how things worked out with Zayne and his wheezing/breathing issues this year just by me seeing another doc! So yeah I would suggest seeing a doc so you can get a fresh perspective.
My next question is, are you doing like "rescue" treatments (like albuterol) 5x a week or "controller" treatments(like pulmacort)? If you're doing albuterol type treatments it might be worth asking the doc if he's old enough to do controller type treatments. Also, is Dalton ALWAYS wheezing or more in the winter than in the summer.
Megan, he hasn't been alive long enough to show a pattern yet. He wheezed last spring, and then starting about a month ago we had issues. We are using albuterol and basically were told to use them if he' sounds wheezy or if he's coughing a lot so we do it on rough days about 4-5PM so he's not so wired by bedtime. Since we got the nebulizer we went about 9 days without using it at all once, then have only gone 2-3 days without using it since that long stretch. I'm considering seeing an allergist for him too, but I hate to put him through that. Maybe we will wait until the 18 month appointment to think about it. Like I said I like my CNP but we have been back to the doctor for illnesses about a week after his 6mo and 9mo well checks. Was he really healthy then, did she miss something? OR did he pick something up in the office while he was there?
Megan, he hasn't been alive long enough to show a pattern yet.
OK VALAD POINT! I just remember knowing last year(at age one) that Zayne would have issues because of the RSV the year prior because the doctor told me to expect wheezing and breathing issues.
While it's possible to catch a bug while you're at the doctor I really don't think it would happen twice. That being said, if it happened a week later could it just have been that his immune system was down due to shots?