Here’s some medical advice for new parents.
I’m not a doctor. I’m just a father who’s seen and heard many things.
Perhaps too many.
- The injuries that look bad at that moment, usually aren’t that bad.
- The bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes won’t last, but the way in which the kid gets injured might stick around in their heads forever.
- Don’t freak out over every cold but don’t ignore lingering symptoms.
- Your kid will get sick once a week for the first five years, or it will at least feel that way.
- Those work sicks days will come in handy when your kids get sick. Unfortunately, they’ll all get used up when you get sick.
- Don’t go to the pediatrician expecting meds unless there’s a serious, serious issue. Most doctors will just prescribe warm water with lemon and honey. Yes, in 2018.
- Don’t watch or read the news. They take one rare medical case involving a child and make it seem like an epidemic is on the horizon.
- The half wall and glass partition separating the SICK and WELL sides of the doctor’s office is all for show. Walls don’t stop germs.
- If your child is sick, but you somehow don’t get sick, give it time. It will find you eventually.
- Kids get a ton of shots in the first few years. They won’t like this fact. It’s all your fault, even though it’s not.
- Every kid, sick or well, picks from the same toy chest after a visit. So much for that wall.
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