Being a pediatrician is a tough job, especially in this day and age when there are plenty of folks peddling all sorts of alternative healing techniques and cures. As if that is not bad enough, then they have to deal with parents that think they too went to medical school and graduated with a degree.
As anyone in customer service will heartily agree on, sometimes it is best to hold one’s tongue or try to catch more flies with honey than by using vinegar, as the old saying goes—especially with moms of girls that run into the office on an almost monthly basis because they are concerned about the sniffles, diaper rash, or their tween’s burgeoning mood shifts that change as fast as a lightning strike.
Sure, it can be alarming when a beloved little girl catches fifth’s disease as a toddler, but Parents points out that pediatricians know that there’s no need for moms to fret. Fifth’s disease is a common virus that often runs rampant in daycares and childcare centers, but it is certainly nothing to get all worked up over.
For mothers of daughters that need a bit of peace of mind as their child grows, the following is a list of all the things pediatricians might not mention to the parents of their patient for one reason or another.
Healthy Children points out that even though moms know that their little girl turning into a teenager isn’t going to be a cakewalk because they had to deal with the exact same process, they can never be 100 percent prepared because it is very different when the mother is on the other end of it.
Pediatricians have seen it all, and therefore know that no matter how hard a mother tries to prepare for the emotional rollercoaster that is puberty, there’s a huge difference between memories of their own experience and reading tips versus actually trying to parent a child that’s going through the process.
Some moms think that the minute that their little girl shows signs of maturing into a teenager that they need to rush to the store and purchase their child her very first training bra—whether their daughter likes it or not.
Healthy Children notes that there’s no need to rush, especially if their daughter has mixed feelings about growing up or gamely tries one on but finds it uncomfortable. It is best to leave the decision up to the daughter and offer alternate suggestions such as a undershirt or even a sports bra, since those two items are made of softer material.
Healthy Children points out that many pediatricians have seen teenaged girls whose first arrival from Aunt Flo was a heck of a lot longer than the brief three-day visit their moms might think is going to happen.
In the beginning, it is pretty common for teenaged girls to have irregular visits from Aunt Flo that have no rhyme or reason. Needless to say, this is not fun if you’re a teenaged girl and you’re trying to make heads or tails out of all the warning signs that everyone’s least favorite aunt is going to make a surprise appearance from out-of-town.
Some mothers may eagerly embrace scheduling their daughters for the HPV vaccine because they want to make sure that their child’s immune system is in tip-top shape while others waffle back and forth with the idea because it’s still pretty new in comparison with other time-honored vaccinations that children get.
The Chicago Tribune points out that there are many pediatricians that feel like moms should definitely schedule an appointment to let their daughter get the HPV vaccine because it’s a good way to help keep them healthy and it can help their immune system ward off possible problems in the future.
No teenager likes dealing with blemishes and the like, but Cleveland Clinic points out that unless it’s the cystic type, then most pediatricians feel that there’s no need for children and their moms to get upset and immediately run to the doctor’s office to see if they can get something that isn’t a brand name that you can buy at the local store in the beauty section.
Some moms might erroneously believe that a doctor-approved face wash is far more powerful at fighting teen skin blemishes and such than the store-bought stuff, but for the most part, the over-the-counter brand names are just as effective as any of the products your pediatrician could give to your teen.
WebMD notes that due to differences in the body, pediatricians known that it is way more common for girls and still growing females to come down with urinary tract infections. It’s such a common occurrence that up to eight percent of little girls will go to the doctor and get diagnosed with one before they hit the age of five.
It happened to me all the time when I was a child and it got to the point where I was heartily tired of having to constantly go to the doctor and get the exact same medication I was on only months before or having to drink cranberry juice like it was going out of style.
According to Young Women’s Health, not only do pediatricians know that migraines can run in families, but they’re also far more prevalent amongst females too. Young women are three times more likely to come down with one than their male counterparts.
Typically, a teenaged girl will often mention that their migraine headache occurs only on one side while little girls are more likely to have one that takes place on both sides of their head. Moms who either are also migraineurs or know that they have a family history of them should take the time out to explain to their little girl what kind of symptoms to be aware of and let them know ASAP if they start feeling under the weather.
Healthgrades points out that many pediatricians internally wince when they find out that the mother of their patient feels that using indoor tanning salons is a better alternative than frolicking around at the beach or at the local community pool without any kind of sunscreen on their skin.
Sadly, all it can take is just one sunburn to increase the chances of getting some sort of issues with your skin in the future and that is why pediatricians really want the mothers of their patients to instill in them the importance of wearing sunscreen when they’re outside—even if it is the winter.
Kids Health notes that there are many pediatricians that sigh and facepalm whenever they see the oh-so-cute-and-totally-posed photos on social media where there’s a little one playing barefoot in the grass or in the mud because that is an excellent way for a little kid to get ringworm, especially if it’s a common occurrence for children in that particular area.
Once your child gets ringworm, there’s a good chance that it can spread easily to the other members of the family and really, who wants to have to constantly apply cream in order to get rid of this annoying skin issue? Not me, that’s for sure!
World Health Organization adds that pediatricians know that another common issue with many adolescents (especially young women, what with Aunt Flo visiting every month for the foreseeable future) is that they don’t get enough iron in what they eat.
One way to fix this issue is by purchasing folic acid supplements and iron supplements for your teen at the local grocery store or health food store. It’s also a good idea to take the time out to teach your child about the ins and outs of good nutrition. You can even teach them about what foods add more iron to their meal and have them pick out recipes online to help make for dinner.
WebMD notes that pediatricians know that it is no fun to see your little girl clearly feeling like crud, but while recuperating from fifth’s disease is certainly not the best way to spend a day, it is not really something to tear your hair out over.
Sure, the rash that most children develop is annoying to deal with and means that you won’t be able to take cute photos of your child for the next few days to post on social media, but this viral illness tends to go away after a week or two, just like the common cold.
Most people associate hip dysplasia as something strictly dogs—especially certain breeds such as German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers get as they hit their senior years, but WebMD writes that pediatricians know that it can also occur in humans too. Girls tend to develop this condition more often than boys, although it can happen—my boyfriend’s mother had it, and he does too.
Generally, most pediatricians should check for signs of hip dysplasia when your little girl’s an infant because it’s much easier to fix because their bones are softer, but sometimes it does get diagnosed when someone is a teenager.
Regis College notes that there are some pediatricians that have been keeping up on the latest research on autoimmune issues, which seems to occur primarily in women.
There’s different kinds of autoimmune quirks, but the majority of them share fairly similar symptoms which can make it a bit annoying for pediatricians and specialists alike to diagnose which one is causing their patient issues. For example, my dear friend Kelsey had a rare form of an autoimmune disease and she was officially diagnosed when she was a tween, which was not fun for her but she took it in stride and wound up training her dog to help her with daily tasks as a service dog.
It can be tempting for moms of little girls to try to find a “safe” bubble bath product so that their little girl can splash around and play with the colorful bubbles, but Baby Center writes that most pediatricians feel that it’s not worth the risk, even if the brand claims to not cause any UTIs (urinary tract infections).
Bubble baths (and any kind of soap, really) can be really irritating and if this particular part of the body gets too irritated, then there’s the chance that it could kick start the process that leads to a UTI developing. As someone that used to get UTIs all the darn time as a kid, trust me—your child won’t miss bubble baths.
The Health University of Utah points out that while it is common for moms to become fretful when their little one catches a case of the sniffles multiple times a year, most pediatricians know that it is nothing to worry about and that it doesn’t mean their immune system needs a tune-up or anything like that.
The reason why toddlers and preschoolers seem to always be the ones that catch the latest virus that is being passed around the neighborhood is due to the fact that their immune system is still being built up. It’s quite common for children of this age to get seven or eight viruses a year. Not to worry though—once your child becomes a teenager, this number decreases to about four a year since their immune system is hardier than it was when they were little.
Being The Parent points out that pediatricians know that the metaphor of “skin as soft as the skin of a baby” isn’t always true and that it is actually pretty common for an infant to develop some sort of dry skin or an annoying rash.
Most of the time, this crops up due to a pH imbalance in the infant and since girls are more prone to having pH issues appear—especially as they start the rollercoaster ride that is puberty—it is best to keep any skin annoyances for your infant at bay by using only soap that is specifically formulated to balance their pH levels.
The Health University of Utah adds that many moms may mean well and want their child to drink as many liquids as they possibly can when they catch the flu or the latest stomach virus that’s getting passed around at school, but most pediatricians feel that it is not a good idea to do that.
Of course, no one wants a child to be thirsty, but it is best to let them drink things like sports drinks or Pedialyte in small amounts so that the liquid doesn’t aggravate their stomach and then the next thing you know they are running to the bathroom and making friends with the toilet bowl.
The Mayo Clinic writes that most mothers erroneously believe that baby powders can help prevent diaper rash in their baby girls, but pediatricians nowadays aren’t a fan of moms using it to absorb the extra moisture on their infant’s skin due to the fact that if the little one inhales the powder, it can feel very irritating to their lungs.
It’s far better to pick up a common ointment like zinc oxide or petroleum jelly and apply it to your infant’s skin if you want to help ward off the annoying itchiness that comes to a baby that is struggling with diaper rash.
According to UPMC Health Beat, many moms might think that since hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus, it is best to let their son or daughter have as many liquids as they possibly can so that their throat doesn’t get too dry as their immune system fights off the bug.
Pediatricians would prefer that you stayed away from acidic juices and food like orange juice because it’s just going to irritate their skin. It’s best to stick to bland food until the virus runs its course and give them liquids like Pedialyte until they feel better.
Kid’s Health notes that pediatricians encounter concerned mothers that mix up food intolerances and food allergies all the time at their office, which isn’t too surprising given the fact that the two actually share similar symptoms.
Food intolerances are strictly reserved for situations when a little girl that’s lactose intolerant drinks a cup of regular milk and gets an upset tummy where as a little girl that has a legitimate food allergy to an item like peanuts can break out into itchy welts if she's around a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.