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Googling Child's Symptoms

Do You Google Your Child's Symptoms?

For some reason, lil ones' worst symptoms only seem to rear their ugly heads at 2 a.m. In the hours a mama waits to receive a return call from the doctor's office, her mind can become flooded with thoughts of the worst possible diagnosis. While some moms will sit and wait for the return call, others take charge of the situation, turning to the Internet to diagnose their tots.

With the world at our fingertips, Google and other search engines have become the go-to source for medical information, but it isn't always accurate. Message boards and outdated journal articles are filled with inaccurate data that can easily send parents into a frenzy. Many doctors advise parents to turn off the computer and wait until they receive their official diagnosis, but some can't seem to keep away.

Do you turn to the Internet when your wee one is sick?

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
That's awesome, Jen! Working in a Dr's office, I can tell you if you can't resist and must hit the web, go to Web MD or Mayo Clinic. Those are not as bad as the others. Keep in mind, these websites are not to substitute your doctor's diagnoses or advice. You may think a cough sounds deep in the chest, when in reality it's not. Oh, and NEVER look up your symptoms, make your own diagnosis, and call the office to have them give you medication without being seen. People actually try to do this fairly often in my area, and they are rarely correct.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
My pediatrician's office has a website. It is the coolest. thing. ever. It has articles about common symptoms and injuries, along with instructions on whether to call 911, call the on-call doctor, call within 24 hours, or call during normal business hours. I wish more doctors would do that!
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