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20 Things Pediatricians Always Keep Hidden From Parents

While going to visit the doctor is not that much fun, it is something we all have to do from time to time. Furthermore, doctors are definitely people that we should all be thankful for.

Good doctors help us all stay alive and healthy. Additionally, another reason to be thankful for them is that they tend to the needs of our loved ones, such as our children.

Pediatricians are the kind of doctors that treat people who are under the age of 18. Also, many new parents tend to visit their child’s pediatrician quite a bit since they usually want to do everything they can to keep their babies healthy and happy.

According to inside.akronchildrens.org, there are certain personality traits that can be very beneficial to a person who wishes to become a pediatrician. For example, good pediatricians are usually skilled when it comes to dealing with whatever situations they have to handle every day while they are at work.

Also, there are some enjoyable things about being a pediatrician. For instance, they love to see that one of their patients is very healthy, and they also like to watch them grow up, and eventually treat their offspring as well.

But as awesome as pediatricians are, there are some things they keep to themselves. Here are a few things they usually don’t discuss with the mothers and fathers of their young clients.

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20 Parents Should Not Co-Sleep

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These days, there are a lot of new mothers and fathers who choose to have their baby sleep in the same bed with them. There are a lot of reasons why so many people are choosing to do this, one of which is the fact that it can help parents and children bond with one another, and creating a strong bond with your child is very important.

However, many pediatricians actually don’t think this is a good idea, even though they usually don’t say that to the parents. According to webmd.com, this can be extremely harmful to children, as it can put their health in danger.

19 Antibiotics Are Not Always The Answer

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There is nothing more upsetting for a new parent than having a baby who is sick. Furthermore, there are many times when doctors will send their young patients home with a script for some kind of antibiotic, but it turns out that antibiotics are not always needed.

In fact, according to novanhealth.org, bacterial infections are the only things that can be treated with antibiotics. So, therefore, unless a child has a bacterial infection, there is not much of a need for them to be put on antibiotics. Additionally, this type of med does not cure a cold, either. Also, they have impacted our health in a negative way.

18 Yet, Some Illnesses Don’t Get Cured With All-Natural Remedies

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Dealing with any type of illness is not fun. Not even a little bit. But some things can easily be treated at home, without paying a visit to the doctor.

With that being said, lice is not one of those things, and pediatricians do wish that moms and dads would stop trying to cure it with all-natural remedies. According to healthychildren.org, kids who have lice should visit their healthcare provider before parents begin treatment for it.

There are some medicines that are used for treating lice. Also, there are some tips for using this kind of med. For example, women who are pregnant or nursing should get someone else to apply it to their child.

17 Pediatricians Don’t Like It When Parents Skip Yearly Appointments

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We all get really busy once in a while, and sometimes that means that we tend to cancel events such as doctor’s appointments that we don’t think are a big deal. But pediatricians actually do wish parents would stop doing that.

It is never a good idea to skip a child's annual appointment. According to care.com, these appointments are very beneficial for both the child and his or her parents.

These appointments have many purposes. For example, during a well-child appointment, the pediatrician will usually see whether or not the child’s development is on track, and parents have a chance to ask them questions.

16 They Don’t Know Everything

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Usually, any type of doctor is thought to be a source of endless knowledge when it comes to health. Pediatricians are pretty smart people, but they are still human like everyone else, which means that they do not always have the answers.

According to parents.com, there are a lot of qualities that can make a person a good pediatrician. In addition, even the best pediatricians know that they do not always have the answer to every problem their patients have about their child's health. But when it comes to situations like this, they usually refer their patients to other doctors whom they believe will be able to provide the patient and his or her parents with more information.

15 And There Are Certain Questions They Cannot Ask

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A lot of people expect to be able to have a pretty good relationship with their healthcare providers. While that is important, that does not mean there is not a limit to what kind of questions doctors can ask their patients.

Apparently, pediatricians are not allowed to ask certain open-ended questions. For example, they cannot ask their patients what has been on their mind regarding parenting. Instead, a medical assistant speaks with the patient first in order to identify the reason why they are there. According to kidshealth.org, this happens so that things can move along faster, and the doctor can get to their next appointment quickly.

14 Not Every Illness Requires A Visit To The Pediatrician

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Having a sick child is never fun, and it is easy to see why some parents panic a little bit when they are dealing with a kid that does not feel well. But on the other hand, it is also good to remember that not every illness needs to be treated by a pediatrician.

For instance, according to chilldad.com, babies that have a skin related issue, such as a rash, typically do not need to see their doctor. In addition, children that have a fever usually do not need to see their doctor either. However, if the condition does not clear up within a few days, then the child should see a doctor.

13 Diaper Rash Does Not Have A Connection To The Price Of Diapers

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Most parents can agree that we want to give our children the best of everything. But to be honest, sometimes that is very hard to do since some items, such as diapers, can be very expensive.

But the good news is that there is no connection between pricey diapers and diaper rash, contrary to what some people seem to believe. According to moms.com, any diaper is fine no matter how much it costs, unless of course, it does cause a rash for some reason. While purchasing more expensive things for our kids might make us feel better, there really isn’t much of a need to do that when it comes to diapers.

12 Clean Utensils Are A Pretty Big Deal

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Keeping the house clean is not always as easy as it sounds. In fact, sometimes it is easier to just put off cleaning for a bit, since life can get very busy sometimes, and that is especially true for those who are caring for little ones.

But pediatricians really want parents to know that certain things must be kept clean in order for children (and their moms and dads) to avoid getting ill. According to healthylivingwomen.com, parents can spread germs to their children when they share utensils and dishes that have not been properly cleaned. That is bad for both the child and their family since germs can spread and make everyone sick.

11 Weather Has Nothing To Do With Catching A Cold

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This probably seems quite surprising to some moms and dads out there, but despite what we were all taught when we were kids, the weather actually does not have any impact on whether or not a person gets sick. This is just an old myth, but it is still believed to be true in numerous locations, which is why so many moms bundle their kids up in multiple layers of clothing before letting them go outside in cold weather.

But according to mic.com, cold weather basically makes us all want to stay inside of warm buildings all the time. This means that there are usually numerous people staying at home, passing germs around to others, which is why people tend to get sick often when it’s cold outside.

10 Babies Don't Always Need A Reason To Cry

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There are times when parents of a new baby will wonder why he or she is crying. Since babies are not exactly the best at communicating, this is particularly stressful for their moms and dads because it is hard to figure out what is going on.

But, believe it or not, there are apparently some moments when babies cry just to cry. According to babycenter.com, there are some things that can be done to help make this an easier thing to go through.

For example, moms can try cuddling their little bundle of joy to see if that helps. They can also try giving them a pacifier or a finger to suck on.

9 Some Babies Don't Need Much Sleep For A While

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 Sleep is something that is important for everyone to have. But something that pediatricians (and probably other doctors as well) want parents to know is that sleep is not the same for everyone, even when it comes to babies.

In general, it seems as though a lot of people think babies need to have a lot of sleep. While that may be true for some infants, that does not mean it is true for all of them.

According to littleones.co, there are numerous factors that determine how much sleep every baby needs. Some of them need a lot of sleep, while others require very little of it, and that is perfectly normal.

8 Pediatricians Wish Parents Wouldn’t Use Q-Tips On Their Toddlers

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A lot of people grew up using Q-tips to clean their ears, so of course, that means that they will then do the same thing with their own children. But these days, we are learning more and more about why that is a bad idea, and pediatricians want parents to quit using them on their kids.

Between the years 1990 and 2010, there were approximately 263,000 children visiting their local emergency room because their moms and dads used Q-tips to clean their ears out. According to qz.com, this can cause a person’s eardrums to rupture. They can also get stuck.

7 They Wish Parents Would Rely On Them, Instead Of Relatives And The Internet

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When we spend a great deal of time researching something, it can be a little insulting when someone discredits that in some way. Well, that is basically how pediatricians feel when parents take to the Internet to figure out what is going on with their child instead of bringing them in to see the doctor, according to simplemost.com.

The Internet is usually able to provide some interesting answers. However, the information parents find when they look up their sick child’s symptoms may not be right, so it is always best to pay a visit to someone who actually earned a medical degree. Also, some parents get a lot of advice from their relatives. While this advice is usually given with the best of intentions, seeing a doctor is still much better.

6 It’s Important To Get A Flu Vaccination

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Hanging out at home with the entire family can be a lot of fun. But, on the other hand, it is not quite so fun when the whole family is staying home because they are all sick with the flu.

These days, there are a lot of people discussing whether or not vaccinations are healthy. Well, according to chw.org, pediatricians wish parents would just go ahead and make sure their children get the flu shot. In fact, since everyone can get the flu, it is best if the entire family gets the shot so that way no one gets sick.

5 Constantly Worrying Over A Child’s Health Is Not Helping Anyone

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It is natural for parents to worry quite a bit about their children. But one thing that does not do anyone any good is when a parent rushes a child to the emergency room over the tiniest little details, or when they automatically suspect that something serious is going on simply because the baby is a bit more fussy than usual.

According to salon.com, being a hypochondriac doesn’t exactly help the relationship between a doctor and their patient. Instead, it just makes things more stressful for everyone involved. In addition, it is probably best not to make a child freak out and think that there is something seriously wrong with them.

4 They Only Treat One Child During Each Appointment

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Scheduling appointments for multiple children can be a little bit stressful. But, it is just one of those things that needs to be done.

According to rd.com, no pediatrician is going to appreciate a parent who basically tries to get a two for one kind of deal. That means that parents who have multiple children cannot take more than one child to an appointment in hopes that the doctor will see them both that day.

There are multiple reasons why this is a bad thing to do. One reason is that doctors are usually on a very tight schedule, and another reason is that each patient deserves to be given a complete examination.

3 Pediatricians Don’t Like Answering Questions During Their Time Off

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According to Parents, pediatricians expect that illness can show their ugly faces during all hours of the day or night. But the truth is that even doctors need some time off to deal with their own lives.

Therefore, when the parents of some of their patients see them out and about away from their place of work, it is best that they avoid asking the doctor any medical questions at that time. No one likes to work when they are supposed to be enjoying time off, and just because someone studied to become a doctor does not mean that they feel any differently.

2 They Think Kids Need Less Screen Time

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These days it is pretty common to go out and see dozens of little kids running around staring at their smartphones, tablets, or their mom and dad’s Smartphones. Times have really changed within the last couple of decades.

While a little bit of screen time is probably not all that bad, some parents are giving their children too much of it. Little kids need to play and get rid of energy, and they also need to socialize with other children.

Also, according to reuters.com, pediatricians want parents to limit their own screen time as well. The reason they say parents should do that is because kids learn from the behavior they witness.

1 Pacifiers Are Totally Fine

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It is not uncommon to see a young baby with a pacifier in his or her mouth. However, some mothers believe that if a baby uses a pacifier, nursing them will become harder to do.

Actually, a lot of people have had this belief for quite some time now. It is easy to see why some people feel this way about pacifiers, but in recent years, some evidence has shown that this might not actually be the case at all, at least for some children. In fact, according to today.com, sometimes pacifiers might actually be helpful for moms who nurse their babies.

References: Akron Children's Hospital, WebMD, Novant Health, Parents, Care.com, Chill Dad, Moms, Healthy Living Women, Mic, Baby Center, littleONES, KidsHealth, Quartz, Simplemost, Children's Hospital Of Wisconsin, Salon, Reader's Digest, healthchildren.org, Reuters, Today

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