Baby Wellness – First 6 Months

posted 4 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How often did your child need to go to the doctor due to sickness in the first 6 months of life?
    Never : (6 votes)
    43 %
    Not too often - didn't rack up many medical bills : (5 votes)
    36 %
    Very often - over $2000 in medical bills : (3 votes)
    21 %
    other (explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    31 posts
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think this will obviously vary wildly depending on the child, but my son was at the doctor constantly over his first 6 months, including a week in the pediatric ICU for a respiratory infection.  He was full-term, no complications, but has had a rough go health-wise.  There’s just no way to predict it.  In my experience though, I think you can expect to be at the doctor at least a few times besides general wellness visits.  Of the four friends I know who had babies around the same time as I did, two have had experiences similar to mine (though not as extreme) and two have barely been to the doctor (but still have unexpected visits for random rashes and other minor concerns).  You just can’t know, but I would rather be safe than sorry!

    Post # 4
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We only went in for one illness (although we went in 3 times, including an ER visit). We have double insurance coverage, so I have no idea what the bills were in total, but with the ER visit, they probably added up.

    He was full-term, but being born in November didn’t help–he ended up getting RSV. 

    Post # 6
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @SeptMomma12:  Yep. Luckily Little Man didn’t have to be hospitalized, and we’d probably have been ok without the ER visit, but I’m glad I didn’t have to make that choice. It was so scary–probably the worst time in my whole life so far. I felt so helpless.


    Post # 7
    6801 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My son first 6 months of life only time went to the doctor was wellness check ups.  Which is great since he was a premie.

    Post # 8
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My daughter is only 4 1/2 months old at this point but she has not been to the Doctor yet for anything other than her wellness checkups. She has had one (very minor) fever but that was after her 4 month shots so we knew it was related to those and she was all better the next day. We’ve been very lucky so far in regards to her health!

    Post # 9
    7106 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My baby is almost 2 and I have never had to take her to the doctor for anything other than well-visits.  My older daughter was the same way.  I am very lucky.

    Post # 10
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We’ve been in once for circumcision swelling (it was totally fine, I was just freaking out) and once for a little bit of eye discharge (again, he was fine). Sometimes hospitals will have a free nurses line that anyone can call for advice. They can’t diagnose your child, but they can help you decide whether what your child is experiecing seems like normal baby stuff or whether it sounds like you should visit the doctor.

    Post # 11
    889 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    My bun is still in the oven but I can tell you that my two friends have not had to take their babies in for anything other than well visits so far. One was born in Dec. (height of RSV season) and the other was born in April. The only caveat is that they, like me, are both NICU nurses so they might have a higher tolerance for what they think needs serious attention. 

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