Lady - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
I try not to run to the doctors every time me or the children have a cough or cold or little rash, I prefer to give their bodies the chance to fight what ever it is first. If they are genuinly ill or what ever it is does not clear up I will then go to the doctor and take whatever he prescribes. I have had all my children fully immunised - my 11 month old is due to get his MMR in a couple of weeks time. But sometimes I think people are too quick to go down the medical route when the traditional methods can be better in the long run.
For example - When my first son was a baby he suffered from eczema I did not want to use steriod creams on him and instead got a cream from the health food shop and it worked so much better and cleared up his eczema so much that now at the age of 11 he very rarely need to use it at all, only sometimes in cold weather and if he has been near dogs. Where as the friends I have that have used steriod creams on their children have to keep using them all the time as steriods thin the skin and make it more susceptible.
Doctors used to dish out antibiotics for everything from coughs to rashes just to appease parents and now it has been found that there are more and more antibiotic resistant illnesses about so they have had to stop. I feel like the same thing may be now happening with steriod based inhalers. When I was young there were only ever one or two children in the whole school with an inhaler - now there is one or two children in every class - are they really all asthmatic or are they like my friends daughter who was given an inhaler when her mum kept taking her to the doctor about a persistant night time cough which was clearly caused by the fact that they were renovating their house at the time.
Thankfully none of my children have asthma so far but it does run in my family and if the youngest is diagnosed later on I'll be researching tradition methods of treating it before resorting to steriods.
Do you think we rush to the medical method to quick sometime? Do you use any traditional treatments on your children? Or do you always trust the doctor to decide what's best?