Do I get another doctors advice or do I settle on just this answer.
Why is it that when I take my children to the doctor and they are sick the doctor 9 out of 10 times says that they have the flu.they do not have the same symptoms all the time so this has me thinking what do a parent do in this case.
I think if you are uncertain with the Doctors opinion, maybe to make you feel more at ease on their finding, I would try and get a second opinion if you could. Or if the answer the Doctor gave you and the medication given to your children works and they feel better I would say that the Doctor was correct in his/her findings.
If your questions if you should settle you probably should not settle. Do not settle, because it is regarding your children's health. If you are not satisfied with their doctors answer, go to another one.
Has the doctor ever done a swab or other type of lab diagnosis? Without this, there is no way to know if it is the flu or not. That said, during flu season or large flu outbreaks, doctors will often make the call based on the symptoms simply because they've already seen hundreds of kids with the same symptoms come through their door. There are many different strains of influenza, so it is possible that they could all be flu even if the symptoms are all different. Overall, though, if you don't feel that your pediatrician or family doctor is giving you the needed individual attention to ensure your kids' health, find someone else.
9 times out of 10 the doctor says they have the FLU? Get another doctor. Your kids cannot possibly have the flu that much.
Kids can have a huge variety of symptoms from the flu, even if it is the same kid in the same year.
That said - if you are at all suspicious, it is totally not worth the risk! A mother's instincts are a great tool, and if you feel something is wrong, it won't hurt to go to someone else.
I feel that if the first doctors opinion is 'spot-on' and and solves the concerns and you get the answers you are after, then all's well.
But if you are not quite satisfied with the first 'answer', seek a second, third or fourth opinion if you wish, until you are completely satisfied.
In doing this you are not necessarily discrediting the first doctor's opinion, but satisfying your intuitive feelings and aiming to get a clear result for your kids. It's a mum thing
Your doctor uses the word, "flu"? (or are you interpreting what your doctor says to mean "flu"?
Doctors usually use terms like "upper respiratory infection" or "intestinal virus". You probably already know that a wide variety of bacterial or viral infections can cause someone to be sick with any number of symptoms (or similar symptoms). If the infection is bacterial, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics; so it's probably safe to assume your children have had a variety of viral infections those times when you've brought them to the doctor.
If the doctor keeps using the word, "flu" I think you should ask him/her if s/he means "influenza" (which is, of course, what "flu" is short for). If this doctor says that s/he has been referring to influenza every time, then I'd think you need a new doctor because that would seem a little odd to me (unless, of course, you're only talking about a time or two, or one doctor visit for each of a few different children).
If the doctor tells you s/he has been calling every infection "flu" then I'd probably find another doctor too, because s/he is either being awfully cavalier about medical words, or else s/he is underestimating your ability to understand simple terms like "upper respiratory infection" and "intestinal virus".
If your doctor hasn't used the word "flu", and it's just your interpretation of what s/he has said (a lot of people misinterpret "infection" for "flu"), then I hope the above comments clarify that your doctor isn't calling everything "flu".
Then again, though, influenza ("flu") is usually accompanied by several symptoms, depending on the type of flu. How extreme symptoms are in any case of flu can depend on the person, his exposure, etc.
Either way, I think you ought to start by asking the doctor, "When you say 'flu' do you mean they have one form or another of influenza every time?" Ask him/her about the frequency of that diagnosis, and ask if s/he means different types of flu, or if it's unusual that the diagnosis would be that so often. Give him/her the chance to explain what s/he means and thinks, and why. Pediatricians are usually happy to explain things to parents who have questions. If this doctor isn't - then THAT, by itself, would be reason to find a new doctor (because, again, most pediatricians understand that parents have questions).
The answer is - if you ever feel uneasy, go to another doctor. I think parents have the ability to sense when something is not right. Don't ignore your intuition - definitely see what another doctor has to say.
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