I see it all the time, here and on my breastfeeding support page:
"My son has been vomiting for two days straight . What should I do??"
"My 3 months old has a 103 fever, you think is teething so early?"
" my one year old had fever for the last 2 days and keep coming back. You think I should take her to the dr?
FOR GODS SAKES! IF YOU FEEL YOU SHOULD ASK IF YOU NEED TO TAKE THE KID TO THE DR THEN THE ANSER IS YES!!!!!!!
internet is NOT a diagnose device. We mommies can share our experiences But we cant tell what your kid has ( although there are many who swear they can " My kid had the same exact symptoms and it cleared after a week " - and im reading here thinking how come this IRRESPONSIBLE person let his kid with fever for a week without checking with a damn doctor). WEB MD? not a diagnose device either! It cant take blood tests, it cant check the ears or the chest....... If your kid is sick and you are worried take him to the doctor!!!!
I prefer wasting the time and money on a drs trip, than keeping him at home and then cry over the consequences!!!! Sometimes even taking them to the DR and the kid gets misdiagnosed, just inmagine how dangerous can be keeping them at home and listening to internet advice.
Edited to add I am not talking about an ocassional stomach bug or fever or even a cold. im talking when kids stay 2-3 days with symptoms and nothing gets done.