As a parent you are probably looking out for the best interests for your child. This may be by selecting the safest options when it comes to toys, play environments and so on, but when it comes to discussing issues with your child’s doctor are you perhaps pushing things too far?
A study by University of Missouri Health took the term of “Pink eye” as a label for a child’s ailment and presented this to parents as a means of engaging the parents and doctors with respect to the most adequate treatment of the apparent or termed affliction ….
Medical terms lead to divide between parents and doctors
“As soon as parents hear the words ‘pink eye,’ their minds fill with fear and they think ‘my child needs antibiotics,'” says senior author Beth Tarini, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and a researcher at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit. “As pediatricians, we need to recognize the impact that our words have on parents and how it affects their thinking about treatments that may be unnecessary.”
As can be seen from the above excerpt parents’ may tend to ‘panic’ based on the use of certain terms, of which may not or are not specifically what a parent may think it is. However the insistence of the use of antibiotics, and more so in this case, was not the best route to opt for – take this in conjunction with the various issues surrounding antibiotic use.
Instead of ‘jumping to conclusions’ both parents and doctors need to perhaps communicate specific issues more clearly and holistically …. ?