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Old 09-01-10, 03:38 PM
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I just moved the boys to a new pediatrician. Not only was the original one pretty far from where we live, but they also were not particularly attentive to our needs or helpful with issues.

One problem we've had for a while is Lukas's drooling/chewing issues. Don't know if I've mentioned this before, but he STILL drools a lot and he chews up all kinds of things. Anything compressable (rubber toys, foam balls, cardboard) ends up in his mouth and chewed up. All of Marek's foam baseballs have bites taken out of them. And when he chews, the drool just pours out of his mouth. The old ped just kept saying he'd grow out of it, which is an answer that's getting pretty old as he turns 2-1/2!

Personally, I think it's all related to the mouth issues he's had since birth. He didn't nurse effectively, although he latched ok, so we had to go with formula when I couldn't keep pumping 5X a day. When we put him on solid foods, the food would just fall out of his mouth, and he had to go to a speech therapist to learn how to eat. And now he still needs to change clothes several times a day because of drool.

We saw the new ped this morning, and she's going to have blood work done to test for an iron deficiency, and we're also going to an occupational therapist for an evaluation to see if he needs some kind of therapy. I'm just excited that we get to do something besides wait for him to grow out of it.
 
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Old 09-01-10, 03:52 PM
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I have heard that doctor's tell parents that SO many times- when the parents KNOW there is something more going on with their child. I am SO glad your new ped is listening to you! 2 1/2 is too old to still be drooling without something going on that needs attention. You are right on mommy!
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Old 09-01-10, 05:23 PM
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Sounds like a great plan! Way to go on making that step to making that change. We often get comfortable using the same peds doc, even when issues like this come up. If Lexy wasnt so attached and comfortable to our ped, I would make the switch too since ours is an hour way. I hope the eval goes great!
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Great! Sounds like the new one was being proactive!
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Old 09-01-10, 09:56 PM
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Way to be proactive Mama! I hope they find out what is happening so he can get some help if needed!
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