Someone is going to get hurt b/c of wanna-be-wikipedia playing Internet DOCTORS!
This is an issue that truly concerns me, and I've run into it all over the place online (including a local online/meet up group) ...
I keep seeing posts of people telling others to ditch their doctor and not to listen to their doctor. For example, women that have been offered induction or c-sections and another common one: a newborn isn't gaining weight and labeled failure to thrive. Again ,these are just examples. In our local group a mom had a child with a 104 degree fever and someone brought up an herbal something or another tincture without knowing definitively why the child has a fever in the first place. Does anyone stop to think it could be meningitis? or something serious that elderberry syrup won't touch?
Where do people get off? They do not see the other person's medical chart, know their history, etc... And it scares me people are playing around with sick babies and children. I have a sick feeling kids are going to and do get hurt as a result. What happens to the mom that refuses a C-section b/c the ladies in her birthing group online told her to refuse - and the baby is stillborn?? What position does this put doctors in? Going to the doctor isn't the same as ordering a hamburger ... you can't always have it your ideal way. Real doctors did more than a google search, and read a couple links on Kellymom. And who are these ladies that listen to this stuff and put everything at risk to people they don't know? Crap the person giving advice may not have a high school education and was a D student. They could be talking out of their behinds.
I'm ranting but it just freaks me out when I see it. Locally a friend of mine had a baby with croup and was attacked by the group for giving her child the steroid shot and subsequent medications. I saw it go down and just was sick with it (happened on a facebook group) ....
SOOOO..... do you give serious medical advice online (not talking about teething, simple snotty noses, etc...)? What makes you feel comfortable to do that not knowing the person's medical history?
Am I the only one concerned with this?