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Doctors are being advised to take parent's fears seriously when it comes to sick children. A parent's instinct is to be considered and taken into account when diagnosing a sick child. The idea that "Mother knows best" may be laughed at by some professionals, but parents can offer important information when discussing their child and doctors should listen, according to research published in The Lancet.
Why should doctors listen to untrained, non-medical parents?
- A parent can be trusted to want the best for the child so are more likely to convey a concern if they think it's important.
- They have probably nursed their child before through other ailments.
- They know the child's 'normal' character and can tell when something is not right.
Previously a parent's view was not officially (or routinely) taken into account, but things may change and guidelines my encourage doctors to listen more to the parent; especially when it comes to serious childhood diseases.
Doctors themselves sometimes use 'gut feeling' for some diagnoses. Rapid detection of serious diseases (such as meningitis and pneumonia) can be vital and quick diagnoses can mean saving a life. If a parent's instinct says its serious, this could help get the child rushed into hospital for medical treatment.
Keep an eye out for:
- Rapid breathing
- High temperature
- Poor blood circulation to the skin especially on fingers and toes
- Lethargy and tiredness
If you feel you're not being heard by your doctor and that your concerns are not being taken seriously - GET A SECOND OPINION!