Inspired by this prompt
Whenever I have a question about something, the first place I turn is to Google. T likes to make fun of me for it sometimes, citing this commercial as an example. All he has to do is say “bonjour” and I know that I may have gotten a little crazy in my “Google-ing”
Being a first time mommy, everything I have experienced with B thus far is new to me. And whenever he has an odd looking rash or is acting off, I am often tempted to run to Google to tell me what is wrong. I know other moms out there have all done this (especially when it’s 3am and you’re running on little sleep and you’re paranoid that something is wrong).
First, this can lead to cyberchondria and you don’t want to be any more paranoid than you already are as a new mom.
Second, trust your mommy instincts, because 9 times out of 10 they are right, even if you feel like you are just being paranoid.
Third, call your pediatrician. If you have a question about something, don’t be afraid to leave a message with their nurse. That’s their job and that’s what they are there for. Also, a lot of hospitals have a pediatric nurse line that you can call after hours (I’ve made that phone call at 3am before when B had croup around 3 months old).
Whatever you do, don’t go Google-ing the symptoms, because there are a lot of scary pictures out there and bizarre diagnoses. And, please, don’t go to online message boards when you are dealing with a potential health issue- I am a big fan of BabyCenter, but it drives me nuts when I see people posting serious medical questions on there before consulting their pediatricians- speculating moms online are just about as bad as the internets.
Edited to add: Jessica from Pig and Dac brought up some good alternatives to good ole Google in the comments, so I thought I would list them here. Kellymom.com and askdrsears.com are both great resources for new parents. Just remember they don’t take the place of your pediatrician!!