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    Default How often do you take your child for general check ups?

    As title says.. dd is turning 13 soon and hasn’t had a check up since child heath nurse days. She’s been in good health apart from colds etc. so we haven’t been to the dr.
    But she’s booked in to go tomorrow for a general check up, should I get the dr to do a routine blood test as well? I feel like like I’ve been a bit slack as I’ve heard it’s recommended to take them every year but given the current times I’m not sure it’s worth going in to the drs unless it’s really necessary.

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    My DDs are 13 and 15 they only go to the doctor when they need to. DD13 hasn't been for a long time. DD15 has been for ADHD and learning disorder diagnoses, acne medication and now the pill.

    The doctors have never questioned them not going for a general check up.

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    We moved out of Sydney in December 2017 and none of my 3 children (now aged 12, 9, 7) have been to the doctors since we left.

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    Never! I never even took them to the child nurse. They've only been to doc when they've needed vaccinations or are actually sick.

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    Never!!! I don’t imagine they would do routine bloods without any concerns?? it’s an invasive unnecessary procedure in my opinion.. unless there was a concern I wouldn’t see them as necessary!!

    My kids are almost 9 and 11 and they have been to their GP only a handful of times.. they are healthy, active and well!! The dentist However I take them twice a year for a check up and clean!!!

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    I should have added, my main reason for taking her is she’s been very tired and emotional lately. Her cousin who is the same age had a blood test recently and was found to have extremely low iron, and I have had iron problems myself so I thought I should check that as well. She’s had her period since just after she turned 11.

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    I take my teens for blood tests at least once a year due to iron and b12 issues that can stem from being vegan. I don't mind about them choosing to be vegan but I won't budge on them having the blood tests.

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    Heamacromotosis runs in our family so I used to take DD to get her levels checked every 6 months from when she got her first period. She’s now 22 and still goes 6 monthly . Thankfully she has never needed treatment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sairz View Post
    I should have added, my main reason for taking her is she’s been very tired and emotional lately. Her cousin who is the same age had a blood test recently and was found to have extremely low iron, and I have had iron problems myself so I thought I should check that as well. She’s had her period since just after she turned 11.
    I only take my kids if they need to go. DD12 started to sleep a lot, so I got her iron etc checked. Her iron and Vitamin D were both low. I need to get her checked again as it was about 6m ago. She'd started menstruating about 12m before then.

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    I never take my kids to the doctor for general check ups. I only go if there is a problem that requires a doctor.
    I went to all the baby checkups and immunisations. Do people really do that? Like go to the doctor for really no actual reason?


 

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