How many call their moms before calling to make a doctors appt?

Amanda - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Your kids get the sniffles or a runny nose, start running a fever, do you call your mom and see what they suggest to do before calling your doctor?

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Amanda - posted on 12/13/2009

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I call my mom because I usually know she is going to tell me what I already know- that my instinct is already right. She always taught me that the mother knows the child better than any doctor and that I will know when the sniffles is more than the sniffles

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oh yes! i always call my mom first, the only time i didnt was when one of my boys woke up with really high fever, scary stuff and it was middle of night, we took hiim to er ...but then i called my mom lol

Melissa - posted on 12/14/2009

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I call my mother-in-law. She is in childcare and has seen it all. If she says to call the doctor then I do, but she has a wait and see approach, unless they have a high fever.

Rebecca - posted on 12/13/2009

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This is so funny! I do it!LOL

Have for both of my kids actually. I ask my husband and he jsut looks at me like i'm nuts lol...then i call my mom with the question lol. I didn't call her when my son became very sick recently adn learned my intuition is just as good as hers:) He had H1N1 and Pnemonia:(

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Quoting stefie:

I always call my mother in law first. The main reason is she is a MD. I wish there was a MD hot line or something that new moms could call for all the little things to find out if they need to take their babies to the doctor or if there are things to do at home!



In Aust we have lines new mums can call Karaitane Mothercraft Society, Tresillian Family Care Centres, and the Australian Breastfeeding Association. I used all of these from time to time in my sons first year.

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Yes, this is me, I ring my mum, and then usually my grandma, and then I look in the books I have, and then often I will text you two best friends (they have sons about my son age), and then if I still think there is something wrong I don't understand then I call the dr, it is better that my dr is far away (45mins drive), otherwise I think we'd be there all the time.

Stefie - posted on 12/13/2009

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I always call my mother in law first. The main reason is she is a MD. I wish there was a MD hot line or something that new moms could call for all the little things to find out if they need to take their babies to the doctor or if there are things to do at home!

Amber - posted on 12/13/2009

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For me I think my motherly instincts kick in even though I'm a first time mom. And I know when those types of symptoms begin that it's just a process and do everything you can to help them, it will run it's course. Unless my baby was going through other problems, I would just do what my instincts said, but if there was more than that, I would call my mom and then the doctor.

Sarah - posted on 12/13/2009

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i always call my mum first,she raise and looked after children for over 30years....recently my daughter stoped breathing in her sleep 6months previously i told dr i thort she had asthma her fobbed me off so naturally when she stop breathing i got mum involved,gave her inhaler and she woz better-another case of mum knows best!

Renae - posted on 12/13/2009

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My mum wouldn't have a clue. I find most of the advice from my mum and MIL is out-of-date and sometimes down right wrong and dangerous.

MIL once told me its ok for a baby to have a temperature 3 degrees higher than an adult temperature - she shouldn't go round telling people that if someone listens to her their baby might get brain damage!

I have a couple of friends who are paediatric nurses so if I want advice but its not bad enough to see the doctor I call them.

Sara - posted on 12/10/2009

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I call my mom... even though she usually says "I'm not a doctor, I have no idea!" lol

Tara - posted on 12/10/2009

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I do sometimes. It helps that she's a retired pediatric nurse, as well as having raised 3 kids :D

Emily - posted on 12/10/2009

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Of course! My mother has five kids and she has more personal reasons to have my daughter's best interest at heart than her doctor. Chances are she has already experienced whatever problem my daughter is having with one of her own. The only thing that concerns me is how much parenting has changed since I was a kid--important things like putting babies on their backs to sleep!

Nikki - posted on 12/10/2009

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when my daughter was younger i would call my mom...but now thats shes 15months i call the doctor then i call my mom and let her know whats going on and most of the time i call my aunt who is a nurse and she can help me figure it out and let me know what i need to do

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