When Not to Listen to Your Pediatrician

Do you trust your pediatrician implicitly?

Trusting your pediatrician is important, but trusting yourself is even more important.

You know your kid better than anyone else, and if your pediatrician tells you something that doesn’t sit right with you, seek out another opinion.


when not to trust your pediatrician


Here’s a case in point:

When my son was 2 he suffered from really bad eczema.

A pediatrician at the practice I use examined him and prescribed hydrocortisone 2% cream as needed.

I was uncomfortable treating it with steroids:

Whatever you apply to your skin is absorbed into your blood stream, and he was so young to be on steroids!

I did some research and visited a highly recommended dermatologist who was surprised that he was being prescribed such a strong topical steroid.

She prescribed a whole regimen of non-steroidal creams that really helped clear it up.


Lesson learned:  Seek out help until you are comfortable your child is getting the care they need.


A little boy’s mother called the pediatrician after he fell off his bike.  His stomach had swelled and he didn’t look good. His mother knew instinctively that something was wrong.

The nurse at the doctor’s office instructed the mother to give him a laxative for his probable constipation, and to come in the next day.

He died later that day from a ruptured spleen, caused by the handlebar knocking into his stomach.

It’s so important to seek out another doctor or go to urgent care if your gut tells you something is going on.


Lesson learned:

Trust your gut and seek out a second, third or fourth opinion if you have to.

My friend’s 2 year old daughter was sick with the flu.  She called her pediatrician several times, but her pediatrician kept putting her off, telling her to give it some more time.

After three weeks time she went straight to the emergency room and discovered her daughter needed surgery to drain the fluid which had developed around her lungs, caused by pneumonia which had developed from the flu.


You know your child and you know when something is wrong.



child after seeing pediatrician



Keep seeking out medical opinion until your child is getting the care they need.






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