Monthly Doctors appointment

Shanell - posted on 07/03/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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When I lived back in PA I had my son go to the doctors every month for a monthly check up, now we live in El Paso TX and I now have prime tricare which is on base doctors and stuff. I looked up the numbers on base and they said they only take babies who aren't sick for the 2week, 2months, 4, 6, 12 months. I'm confused because I thought they had to go to the doctors every month which is it?

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Kristi - posted on 07/17/2010

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No, babies dont go to the Dr. every month. That schedule is what we've always done. With Tricare Prime they do like for you to see Doctors on base. But if there aren't any available or you have a legit complaint you can always request to see a civilian doctor. My kids and I see civilians because the medical facility was closed to new patients.

Kristin - posted on 07/16/2010

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Sounds like that doctor was trying to earn some extra money if it was a civilian doctor. But the do not need to go every month unless they are sick.

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I live in El Paso too and My daughter has had her "well baby" type of check ups and a few appointments when she was sick, I think it is pretty routine to see the doctor at the 2wk 2,4,6,9.12,15,18 months etc, with some variation depending on your child's shots etc. Unless you are concerned about your little one's health, it is fine to be seen only at those check ups. Hope that helps some.

Michelle - posted on 07/10/2010

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It's only monthly the first few months dear. Unless the child is chronically sick or has medical conditions, follow the progress guide for apts. Once the kid is over a year old as far as I remember it's like every 6 months, then moves to annual by 3 or 4. The every month thing seems like the doctor was just making money off of you. Really odd.

Sue Ann - posted on 07/09/2010

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I have Tricare prime being over sea's and they have the exact same here some doctors on post are different from doctors off post and it just depends on the pediatrician as well. But as far as Tricare Prime goes for the first year they told you right and it also goes on to after 12 to 18 months,and 24 unless sick. I was confused as well when i got here i was seeing a doctor off post at my last duty station. But they go by shots mainly on the visit so alot of them are shot/well visit into one at least it is here.

Dominique - posted on 07/07/2010

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my daughter gose to the ped on post but her ped said they wont see her borther til he is 2 months so he is seeing a civillian ped right now i like him , but dont know if they are going to make him go on post after he gets enrolled in tricare , so if he dose i am going to be sad i like his civillian ped

Heather - posted on 07/06/2010

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I've actually never heard of monthly visits, for a child with no risks. It does seem a little excesive to me. My daughter in CA was Right out of the hospital, the 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9months,12 months, then yearly.

Marilou - posted on 07/06/2010

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Hello Shane, well lots of doctors have different advices, as of now just follow it. It's good for you then, as long as your baby is not sick thanks to God... Bless you..

Heather - posted on 07/06/2010

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i am originally from pa too and NEVER heard of taking kids every month nor did any of my kids go every month. sounds to me like your dr was hurting for patients and cash and was just making appointments to get extra cash from you or your insurance company.

C. - posted on 07/05/2010

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Just putting this out there.. My son's Ped's here in SC were not on base when he was under a year old. They still told me at his 4-month appointment that he wouldn't need one until 6 months and then at 9m and again at 12m...

Tara - posted on 07/05/2010

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A lot of pediatricians want to see a baby every month to track progress, but that is one of the benefits of having a pediatrician in town. On the base, they have little staff, little money and a lot of people. As long as your baby is healthy, they don't need to be seen every month. What I would concentrate on instead is making sure that you go to the same doctor every time. That way if there is a recurring problem or trend, the doctor is familiar with your child, and you don't have to explain his entire history every time.

C. - posted on 07/05/2010

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How old is your son??



The general 'rule' for lack of a better word is:



Newborns go after the first few days to a week after birth.



Then once a month until the 4th month. Then a 6 month checkup, then every 3 months until the first birthday.



Now after the first birthday I have heard a couple different thing. In HI, they do a 15-month (that's what our doctor told us, not making it up) and then a 2 year checkup and once a year after the second birthday.



Here in SC, they do an 18-month and then the 2 year and then once a year after the second birthday.



If your son is older than 4 months old, he doesn't need to go in every single month.

Shanell - posted on 07/05/2010

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My doctor back in PA was civilian and he always scheduled my son every month just for check-ups even when he wasn't sick or didn't need shoots so I didn't know anything different till I switched. I'm okay with not being see every month. Thanks for the answers I'm a first time mom and I wasn't sure.

Crystal - posted on 07/04/2010

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u need to see if u can go off post some post u can we did at ft sill, ok but here at ft polk, la they wont nad they wont left my daughter see a ped dr either u dont take them every month u take them once a yr for check up that how my ped told me now we live on opst and she goes to the dr onopst they told me they didnt do yearly check ups for kids but they want me to come in for a yearly check up i think my daughter's life is more important than mine i go once a year for my well woman check up but not for a regular dr enless im sick

Amanda - posted on 07/04/2010

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That's really odd they made you go every month... that's just pointless... My son went for all the "wellbaby checkups" where he needed shots, and that was it unless he was sick... He's 3 now, so only has to go for yearly check ups now, soo much nicer!! I hate going to the doctors lol it's so boring... I've never heard of monthly check ups like that though, military dr.s or civilian...

Medic - posted on 07/04/2010

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Why would you take them every month? Even when my son was going to a civilian dr he was seen at 2 weeks, 2 4 6 9 12 15 and 18 months then on the birthdays after that. You can always make an appointment if you need one but otherwise why go all the time.

Kelsey - posted on 07/03/2010

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My daughter goes on base as well and she went 2 weeks, 2 months 4 and her next 6 months. As long as they are gaining weight properly and aren't sick then those are the appointments they set you up with to get shots and check on their health.

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