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Are You Taking Your Child to the Doctor More?

Thanks to the H1N1 virus, cold and flu season kicked off earlier than usual this year. Since it's no longer safe to assume that a fever and cough are just symptoms of a pesky cold, worried parents are spending less time diagnosing their ill children and more time heading to the pediatrician to find out what is (or is not) ailing their little one. Many mums have made it a weekly routine even. Have you found that you are taking your babe to visit her doctor more this year?

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EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
I agree with the above anon poster. If I kept my daughter home every time she had a sniffle, she'd never leave the house. No, I don't want her to infect other children, but we live in the real world where every time someone goes outside she is exposed to all kinds of germs. That said, she had croup last weekend and we stayed home from a birthday party, and we also missed a trip to see her grandmother because she (my daughter) was running a fever.
GMarie GMarie 7 years
I go back and forth. The sickest my son has ever been was after I'd taken him in for an ear infection. There'd been a child in that exam room earlier who had been vomiting for ten days. My son, of course, caught the bug and threw up for three days. It was awful. We go to a different doctor now (not because of that), and her office has an advice nurse. I usually call that line first and get a nurse's perspective before going with my own knee-jerk and rushing him in for everything.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i agree anon. if you want to keep your kids healthy, keep them out of the dr's office. unless it's serious, obviously.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Now you have me thinking about it. I was just sick for a week and my son is developing a cough at the moment so I am worried about him. He has no temperature and I don't want him to get sick by going to the doctor, but I also want to make sure he isn't sick from me. Oh man. I'm just not sure if we should go to the doctor or not.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I went the second day after a cold started for both me and my daughter a week ago. It was flu like symptoms and we had just gone to a large public place. There have been a large number of people with h1n1 in our area, so much so that pregnant women in this city and the surrounding cities have been warned off from the ER's unless its a true emergency. (snake bite, bleeding to death, broken bone, etc) and will often just be admitted to the hospital rather then put anywhere near the ER. So, my doctor had me come in right away when I started with flu like symptoms. That was a fun visit.. I had to sit in the waiting room for 1 1/2 hrs wearing a mask while lots of Elderly people gave me the stink eye. We got a room then, and waited another 1 1/2 to be fit in.. ugh. Waiting any time with a sick kid sucks, but its magnified when you feel like crap yourself. We just have a run of the mill upper resp that my daughter got over days ago, but I'm still suffering from it. I actually had a bout over the weekend where I couldn't stop vomiting, most likely from the mucous. Ugh, hopefully I will be better soon.
erniew erniew 7 years
Yes, I feel like I am at the pediatrician's office every week. As a parent, you can't take a chance that your kid will infect another kid or get infected. We are missing school because of a minor cough or nasal congestion - nothing that can be treated!
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