Sensible medical intervention guidelines
April 3, 2011 6:22 PM Subscribe
I'd like some guidelines on how to be reasonably cautious with my child's health when I can't tell if the nurses are overreacting or not.
posted by kristymcj to health & fitness (22 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Three times in my 10-month old's life I've called the nurse line about a concern and have been told to go to take him straight to the ER. The ER is crazy expensive with my insurance, but I'll gladly take him if it's a necessity.
All 3 times I was able to get them to let me take baby to the minor emergency or give it a few hours and call back, but only after pushing them hard.
I'm a first-time parent and in retrospect there was absolutely no reason to go to the ER (or even to the doctor) for any of the issues (vomiting, possible skin infection, fever). I know that doctors HAVE to be cautious for liability purposes.
Moving forward, I'd like some guidelines on how to be reasonably cautious with my child's health and not to crazy overreact.