When a woman gives birth to a baby for the first time, she might feel like she doesn't know anything about how to raise them. In this situation, she will probably rely a lot on her pediatrician. She will listen to everything they say to her, follow all their recommendations, and trust them 100%. But, as the old saying goes, trust everyone, but always cut the cards.
It means that whatever we think about our pediatrician, we should double-check the things they tell us if we feel that something is wrong. We shouldn't be giving antibiotics to our kids at the first recommendation, believe that vaccines are 100% effective in 100% cases, or think that sitting on the "well" side of the waiting room keeps your child safe. Let us use some common sense, after all, and know when our pediatrician is honest with us, and when they're lying.
20 Temperature Above 98.6 Is A Fever
Not all pediatricians say it, but some do. Either to scare the hell out of a new mom, or to create more stress for her, they claim that any temperature that goes over 98.6-degree mark is a fever. But check the information given by the American Academy of Pediatrics - they say that anything from 97 degrees to 100.3 degrees is actually fine. Only if the temperature goes above 100.4, it means fever.
19 Your Kid Will Be Fine If You're Sitting In The "Well" Waiting Room
A waiting room usually has two sides - the one for sick kids and the one for those who are well. If you're coming for a check-up and sit on the "well" side, you might be sure that your baby can't catch any germs. But, as Baby Gaga says, germs have no idea about these sides. Moreover, they have no restrictions to fly around and spread to other people. So even if you're sitting on the "well" side, stay cautious.
18 Baby Teething Gel Is Absolutely Safe
In the past, everyone thought that giving teething gel to a baby who is teething is a cure to all problems. But now, this kind of product shouldn't be recommended anymore. According to Baby Center, a teething gel numbs the gums and, if the baby swallows some of it (which is very likely), their throat can also get numb. As a result, there's a risk of choking, if a mom tries to feed her baby shortly after applying the gel.
17 Wanna Give Cold Medicine To Your Toddler? Go Ahead
It's not a good idea to give a decongestant to a toddler. The Healthy informs that cold medicine rarely work well for kids under the age of six. Meanwhile, the risk of overdose and side effects is much higher for them. It means that giving your child a cold medicine doesn't worth a shot, like, at all. So always try other methods to cure a cold in your toddler.
16 Antibiotics Will Certainly Help Cure The Illness
Antibiotics don't always help cure a disease even in adults, and needless to say, they're often useless when you have to treat a child. Besides, as The Healthy claims, there are cases where antibiotics are actually unnecessary and even harmful. But still, a lot of pediatricians prescribe them and tell moms that there's nothing wrong with it. Next time your doctor does it, ask them a lot of questions before actually giving the pills to your kid.
15 Coming Late To An Appointment Is Fine
Not only pediatricians but all doctors have a tight schedule. It means that they have to do everything on time and they hate it when patients don't allow them to do it by coming late to an appointment. As Baby Gaga says, if you do it only once and have a good reason, it's fine. But if you're late all the time, your pediatrician will say that it's okay, but they will think of something completely opposite.
14 Your Kid Just Has To Tolerate The Vaccine
What kid likes to get a shot at a doctor's office? It's a painful experience and sometimes it makes a child become afraid of their pediatrician. Although your doc can tell that there's nothing they can do with it and administering a vaccine can't be less painful, The Healthy claims they're wrong. If you're still breastfeeding, you can nurse while giving a shot. Or, if your kid is older, they can always get a numbing spray or cream. Easy, right?
13 Pediatricians Never Judge Your Parenting Style
Any pediatrician will probably tell you that you can choose whatever parenting style you want, while, in their mind, they will judge you like crazy, Baby Gaga warns. Whether it's about your refusal to vaccinate your child, inability to follow their instructions, or desire to raise your kid in some utterly unconventional way, they have their own opinion and it doesn't always coincide with yours.
12 Big Babies Need More Milk
Some doctors say that if a baby is bigger than normal, the mom won't be able to feed them because she won't have enough milk. But, as per Baby Center, a big baby is (almost) never an issue. There have been a lot of big babies in history and their moms could feed them just fine. Usually, your body knows how much milk the baby needs and produces exactly this amount. So don't worry about it.
11 Sure, Your Doc Can Examine Two Kids At One Appointment
How often do moms take their second child to an appointment and ask the doctor to give them "a quick look" after the check-up of their first kid? Very often, The Healthy says. The pediatrician will probably tell that they can do it, but it's actually an inappropriate request. See, every patient needs a total evaluation and doing something like it is similar to taking your sister to a gyno appointment and asking to give her "a quick look", too.
10 Putting Rice Cereal In The Baby's Bottle Is Safe
It's a common practice to put rice cereal in a baby's bottle, but it doesn't mean that it's safe. According to Baby Gaga, it's a controversial method of feeding your little one because there is always a risk that some pieces of baby cereal break off. You should understand the danger of it, right? So since you certainly don't want your baby to choke, don't put rice cereal in their bottle.
9 Call The Doctor Before Doing Anything Else
Some people think that the doctor should see all symptoms in the full bloom, so they don't give any medicine to their kid before the doc comes. However, there's no use in making your baby suffer. As a pediatrician from The Healthy says, they trust you, so you shouldn't delay the treatment and give your child Tylenol, use the nebulizer, or do whatever you know helps them.
8 Breastfeeding In Bed Is Fine, Too
According to Baby Gaga, some pediatricians say that there's nothing wrong or dangerous in breastfeeding the baby in bed. But, in fact, if you do it and you're really tired (probably, you are), you can end up falling asleep. What can happen, you might ask. Well, your baby can choke, suffocate, or you can roll over on top of them in your sleep. Do we need to explain how dangerous it is?
7 If You Nurse Your Baby, Nothing Can Go Wrong
Baby Gaga says that some doctors are entirely pro-breastfeeding and they assure new moms that no challenges or problems can happen if you nurse your little one. But, in reality, a number of things can go wrong and they won't mean that the mom is doing something improperly. Sometimes, a baby can't latch, you can feel pain, or another issue can come up. Pediatricians should warn about such situations, shouldn't they?
6 The Baby Can Nap For As Long As They Want
Baby Center says that if your baby is younger than 4 months, they're still a newborn and they can sleep whenever they want. But, when they get older, letting them nap for a long time can do more harm than good. So don't believe your doctor if they tell it and know that too much or too little sleep in older kids can be detrimental to their wake and sleep cycle.
5 It's Okay That You Diagnose Your Kid By Yourself Over The Internet
These days, every person can play a doctor by looking up their symptoms online and diagnosing themselves. While it may seem to be helpful to you, pediatricians don't like it when you do it. So listen to a doctor from The Healthy and don't use questionable website articles to diagnose your kids by yourself. Rely on your doctor, especially if you know that you can trust them.
4 Vaccines Are Always 100% Effective
In most cases, vaccines are effective, but, since every human organism is unique, it's impossible to claim that they work in 100% of the cases. As Baby Gaga says, it's just like antibiotics or birth control is never 100% effective. But, it certainly doesn't mean that you shouldn't vaccinate your child. After all, vaccines help prevent an outbreak of a number of diseases.
3 It's Fine, You Don't Have To Pay Attention At The Appointment
Some moms use the doctor's appointment as a means to relax a bit and just scroll a news feed on their social media, while the doc is taking care of everything. The pediatrician can tell that it's fine when you do it, but they actually want you to pay attention, The Healthy says. After all, your kid probably won't be able to tell them everything they need to know and they won't memorize everything the doctor says.
2 Ask Anything You Want Whenever You Meet Your Pediatrician
Many moms have a habit of asking medical questions to their pediatricians even when they meet them outside the hospital. The doctor will probably just answer them, but they won't like to do it while they're walking in a park or doing their groceries. As a pediatrician from The Healthy says, "When I’m out with my kids, I just want to be a parent." You should respect that.
1 There Are No Stupid Questions At A Doctor's Office
Every doctor will tell you that there are no stupid questions, but it doesn't mean that they actually think so. Sometimes we ask something they believe to be common sense and, as Baby Gaga says, they may even laugh at us behind closed doors. It doesn't mean that they're right and you can't ask anything you need, but you should know that it's a possibility and still ask all the questions you have.
Sources: Baby Gaga, The Healthy, Baby Center