Becoming a parent doesn’t just come with a new feeling of unconditional love for someone. It also comes with parental instincts and a new found courage to protect no matter what the cost. So when a child is sick, the parent of that child will study and research every possible thing that links to their child’s symptoms.
After my son was born, he went through many conditions that worried me to death. As I researched and looked for the cause and possible risks of each condition, I realized how silly it was for me to get so worked up and panicked over stuff I didn’t realize were actually normal.
At almost 3 months old, my son had a fever of 100.4. For some of us, 100.4 may not sound that hot, but babies are not supposed to have that kind of temperature.
I remembered my mom telling me that I really shouldn’t freak out about every little thing that happens to my son. Then she reminded me about the Philippines and asked me if I thought people in the Philippines had the luxury of taking their kids to the hospital every time they felt slightly off color.
I remember having spent the night at her house so trusting my own mom, I did my best not to worry and tried to go to bed. I woke up at about 6am and still worried, packed my things and got ready to go. I needed to take my child to the doctor, no matter what.
After a few hours in the waiting room and going through tests, I was told that babies under 3 months of age should not have a fever of 100.4 and that it was the right choice for me to take him to the hospital.
We ended up staying there for about 5 days, because none of the tests could tell anything was wrong. In the end, it all turned out to be a urinary tract infection.
While all the tests were going on, I was on my phone looking for all the possible things that could happen. Of course I got worked up the most about the major conditions that could potentially hurt my little guy.
Dangers of diagnosing an illness based on online medical research
Researching online medical information is normal for many parents. However, it may not always be the smartest thing to do, especially since we don’t have the ability to actually conduct the tests necessary to conclude our research.
The dangers to online research is finding information that may create a negative impact on your social situations. For example, I’ve heard of moms who don’t let their kids play with pets, simply because they’ve read information about the possible diseases they can pass on, but negate the fact that cats, dogs, or even other pets can also help the health situations of many kids.
The positive side of doing your own research for your child’s health and safety
Although we like to think doctors know everything, they are humans too, which means they can make mistakes. So is it a bad thing to do your own research and perhaps suggest what possible diagnosis YOU might have for your child’s health situation?
As a parent, your child’s health and safety is your top priority. So naturally, you would want to make sure all avenues have been considered.
If you have a concern and questions about specific conditions, don’t hesitate to ask your child’s doctor or a medical professional about it. They might seem busy, but they’re there to take care of us, physically and emotionally.
As parents, we are given the gift of having complete compassion and love for our kids. Only WE would be 100% up to speed with all their issues, whether it has to do with health or anything else in their lives. We get to decide when and how much worrying we can do for them.