There are typical mistakes that almost every parent makes. Following these simple tips may help you take better care of your child.
To become a doctor you need to study hard for a very long time and get plenty of first-hand experience. Parents usually don’t have enough medical knowledge to avoid making mistakes when trying to deal with their kid’s illnesses. Don’t get worried, though: there is nothing that can not be corrected.
- Do not trust only one medical site or book. All too often people get all their medical knowledge from a single source. While it definitely saves your time, you might be getting outdated or misleading information. When you have to take an important decision, always check your sources and try to have a wider picture of the problem. You should also bear in mind that doctors usually have deeper understanding of your child’s medical problems so that when you disagree with a specialist, it is better to ask for a second opinion from a professional, and not seek some vague advice on the Internet.
- Find time and get training in first aid. A knowledge of first aid can save your kid’s life: there is noting more to say.
- The importance of a first aid kit can not be overstated. Always have first aid kits in your car and house. Never go hiking without one!
- Antibiotics are not a panacea. First, while they kill harmful germs, they also wipe out beneficial bacteria: this may lead to gastroenterological problems. Second, you don’t need antibiotics when fighting off a virus.
- Q-tips may cause serious hearing problems. All too often the Q-tip just pushes wax back, while to bring wax out you just need to allow some water to get into your kid’s ear when bathing.
- The less your kid watches TV or plays video games the better. Face-to-face interaction and outdoor play are extremely important for development of communication skills and general health: it is high time your kid put the tablet aside.
- Vaccination is important. Although there are popular theories that vaccination can cause autism, they lack evidence and should be taken with a pinch of salt, to say the least. The truth is it is still unknown what really leads to autism, and when you delay vaccination, your child is exposed to many deadly and debilitating childhood diseases.