Real Patients: Research and Advice

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Real Patients
From my experiences, my doctor's offices have been good about giving me some good credible resources to go and do my research.

You have to be very cautious when you use sites online.

What you read online is almost always the worst-case scenario and that's the one in 1,000. One in 10,000 case.

I think we see a lot of advice going around that may not be accurate.

I just always make sure that there's something. You know, it's not just like a blog or a mom's page or something. That there's some sort of medical knowledge behind it.

You really do need to call the doctor's office if you want true accurate information.

Do your best and if there's ever anything you're not sure of, just go ask your pediatrician.

I feel as a parent, the more information you know, the better decisions you can make for you and your family.

I consider parenting to be a series of trial and error and survival.

If you need extra support, ask for it. People will help.

Find other parents who have been through this. Who are pros.

Everybody's family is different. So, what works for one family is not going to work for other families.

As you gain experience as a parent, you're going to learn what is important and what's not.

You can pick up on so many things if you just look and listen.

If your child is not acting right or something is different, don't disregard it.

You know when something is wrong with your child, because they're not their normal self.

When parents say there's something wrong, there's generally something wrong.

You can always use their activity level as a good judge.

Are you still alert?

Are they breathing comfortably or are they running around playing?

Is it just a runny nose?

Great, we're just going to keep watching.

They have a snotty nose, they cough, but they're running around. That's a really good sign.

Make sure that they're drinking okay. That they're peeing okay.

If it's where you cannot help them anymore, please do see your PCM.

Trust your mom instincts, but also take the advice that professionals are giving you.

Sometimes kids are really sick, and you need to act.

It was my first child, so I was definitely nervous that he did have a fever.

We need to assess this, but don't fear the fever.

Fevers generally are not harmful. They're your body trying to react and take care of the virus that's in you.

Respect the fever. Listen to the fever, that something is wrong.

Fevers that last more than five days or fevers that are high, above 103, 104 should be seen immediately.

Get them treated, because you don't know what exactly it could be.

I think most pediatricians would rather you come in and be able to be reassured that nothing is going on.

But if you don't feel like something is right, just call a doctor and they'll help.