Seeing that you have done Pediatric Immunology, how can one get their child to see an immunolgist? We have been told my grandson is not sick enough!
Person's Gender: male
Person's Age: 7
Doctor, doctors, doctors and no results! He's not sick enough! No one seems to care about how he feels and all the symptoms he is having.
Relist: Incomplete answer.My grandson, age 7, is having difficulty focusing in his 1st grade class. He has been diagnosed as having yeast throughout his body, strep infection of the brain, food allergies and possible leaky gut. My son was told that Gideon is having swelling of the brain due to some of his food allergies. I was diagnosed 31 years ago with Crohn's and have had two bowel resections and under the care of my Gastroenterologist for all these years. Gideon, my grandson, has had constipation since he was born. He complains of a tummy ache all the time...sometimes worse than other times. Do you think it is possible he has a IBD? The physicians they have taken him to don't seem to be alarmed. I am! This child is extremely intelligent. He reads above a 6th grade level and comprehends greatly. His vocabulary is off the charts. What would be your recommend as a coarse of action for this child? My kids have tried many doctors and have been told their child IS NOT sick enough to see a specialist. Given his family history (my mother also had IBD) I truly feel he needs a doctor who actually cares. Again, what should be the actions taken? Optional Information: Person's Gender: malePerson's Age: 7Already Tried: They have seen their primary physician, an allergist, a dianostician (assistant), a chiropractor. They have been unable to get him into a pediatrician because no one seems to be able to give a recommendation. I am in the process of attempting to get him in to see a pediatric gastroenterologist in OKC...they live in Ft. Worth, TX. Just a little bit of an over kill to have to drive that far when I know there must be many fine pediatricians in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area._______The answer I received was good but I need to know how you go about actually getting an appointment with the type of physician you need. My gastroenterologist suggested we take my grandson to an Immunologist. The parents have tried but must have a referral. This has been a vecious circle with no end in sight. They are possible going to be leaving for AZ in July as my soon will be working on his PhD. I wish there was a way they could find someone in their area that would agree to see my grandson, but so far that has not happened. It breaks my heart to allow such a gifted and talented young child not be able to go to school because he is unable to obey the teacher. He is not disrespectful...just wants to do things differently. Can anyone please help me?
Hello, Your grandson's pediatrician should refer him to a pediatric immunologist if that is your and his parents' wish. He should see a pediatric GI specialist first if he has frequent or severe stomach pain. Most stomach pain in kids is NOT IBD but testing including blood work and possibly endoscopy with biopsies can be performed if the specialist thinks it is warranted. Again, the parents have the right to request / demand a referral.
Pediatrician, Board-certified in Ped Hematology/Oncology