Three words: crying babies and children

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    Dec 11, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    and angry mothers. I have been surrounded by them for the past 9 hours. This is the third day in a row. And the story of the past two weeks.

    I am not allowed to slap their mother for stupidity for bringing them to the hospital for colds and ear infection in this cold and rain. I think I am going insane.
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    Dec 11, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    Remember back in the day when mothers would lose their mind and beat the hell out of their unruly kids in public?


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    Dec 11, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    Thank you for doing what you do! <3

    We need a PSA for viral vs bacterial infections, I think.
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    Dec 11, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    In my line of work , i live that scene with every day passing , children kicking the back of the seat in front of them , or standing on the seat looking at the passenger behind them and throwing their Cherios or else , children running up and down the aisle , and screaming at the top of their lungs . After 33 years , i have become immune to that scene , but the passengers are not !!! Please parents , keep an eye on your children ...
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    Dec 12, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    For the record, that's four words. But stupid shit-ass parents kill my arithmetic skills too.
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    Dec 12, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    Just be glad you're done with them after they get admitted or go home. The poor pediatricians and family practitioners can't do that.
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    Dec 12, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    What are you talking about? Little brats are awesome. They cry, complain, and in a few years they'll be like this!

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    Dec 12, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    I can't stand bratty kids - especially when parents are in ear shot of the tantrum. I also can't stand to see children unattended in public. It seems easy to set rules for your children in order to have them behave.

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    Dec 12, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    I don't understand it. My mom never hit us and my 3 siblings and I were always well behaved. When we started to get unruly, she just gave us this look and we knew better and cut out the crap.
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    Dec 12, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    Jeez...i hate all three of those things...

    Kudos to what you do OP...I know I could never do that.
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    Dec 12, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    I never blame the kids. They can't pick their parents.

    The parents, on the other hand....

    I do my best to try and educate them on certain issues in my line of work so that they have the knowledge for the future. And so that they won't come back and see me for unnecessary procedures, or concerns that are not that vital. I try to realize that my background in physiology, nutrition, and overall health knowledge is far greater than most people, and that there is a ton of misinformation and paranoia that is unwarranted, but occurs.

    So long as nobody tries to pick a fight with me, my patience seems to be of adequate levels these days icon_smile.gif But many condolences in your time of stress, I have many friends who are complaining of similar issues.
  • calibro

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    Dec 12, 2011 6:13 AM GMT
    sorry, but if i had a baby who was crying because he was sick or had an infection i would take him/her to the hospital too. it's called being a concerned parent.

    as for the angry parents that's another story.
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    Dec 12, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    I didn't realize it was four letters.

    My sympathies neffa.

    I wonder about having public service announcements. I would rather some body comes in for the flu than to not come in for Meningitis or pneumonia. As dancedanceKJ said, health education works wonders. People just need to use some common sense about minor things that go away on their own. Sometimes parents get angry. "So I waited all this time just so you can tell me to give little Johnny children's Motrin?" And my favorite "At least give me some antibiotics" because antibiotics cure everything.

    I agree it's more convenient especially when you can be done quickly without appointment. But when a few real emergencies do come in, things get backed up. Do you really want to wait in crowded conditions for a couple of hours being miserable with all these sick people before the physician can see you when you can be in bed?

    q1w2e3 saidJust be glad you're done with them after they get admitted or go home. The poor pediatricians and family practitioners can't do that.

    Oh, I know! I did my pediatrics and family medicine rotation in winter as an MS3. That was the end of any fantasies about seeing myself as somebody's doctor. Little did I acknowledge, EDs are primary care offices also.

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    Dec 12, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    calibro saidsorry, but if i had a baby who was crying because he was sick or had an infection i would take him/her to the hospital too. it's called being a concerned parent.

    There is a difference between urgency (a terrible tooth ache) and emergency (life endangering). I don't mind seeing either in an emergency department. But ear infections and colds are neither. It is scary when your kid wakes up because he can't breathe even if it is simple bronchitis. This is where more education is needed to observe and recognize symptoms and conditions that can become emergent.
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    Dec 12, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    carminea said
    Sometimes parents get angry. "So I waited all this time just so you can tell me to give little Johnny children's Motrin?" And my favorite "At least give me some antibiotics" because antibiotics cure everything.


    Don't forget the part where they tell you that you're a greedy doctor trying to rip them off, since they could have given Johnny Motrin that without your help.
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    Dec 12, 2011 7:05 AM GMT
    carminea said
    calibro saidsorry, but if i had a baby who was crying because he was sick or had an infection i would take him/her to the hospital too. it's called being a concerned parent.

    There is a difference between urgency (a terrible tooth ache) and emergency (life endangering). I don't mind seeing either in an emergency department. But ear infections and colds are neither. It is scary when your kid wakes up because he can't breathe even if it is simple bronchitis. This is where more education is needed to observe and recognize symptoms and conditions that can become emergent.


    Sometimes I wish there was baby licensing, so that new parents could have an opportunity to be educated on common infant and child ailments (in addition to other information useful for new parents).

    A centralized, common, well advertised online source would be nice for common ailments though, so people can do basic diagnoses before heading to the ER/ED.
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    Dec 12, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    dancedancekj said
    carminea said
    calibro saidsorry, but if i had a baby who was crying because he was sick or had an infection i would take him/her to the hospital too. it's called being a concerned parent.

    There is a difference between urgency (a terrible tooth ache) and emergency (life endangering). I don't mind seeing either in an emergency department. But ear infections and colds are neither. It is scary when your kid wakes up because he can't breathe even if it is simple bronchitis. This is where more education is needed to observe and recognize symptoms and conditions that can become emergent.


    Sometimes I wish there was baby licensing, so that new parents could have an opportunity to be educated on common infant and child ailments (in addition to other information useful for new parents).

    A centralized, common, well advertised online source would be nice for common ailments though, so people can do basic diagnoses before heading to the ER/ED.

    WebMD
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    Dec 12, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    Be grateful they come in alive, false alarm or not..... See DOAs and moribund kids way too often