I have always thought that there are two types of mums when it comes to sick kids.
The panic early mums. You know them – the type who rushes their children off to the emergency ward at the first sign of a cough, or a swollen ankle. The type who are always in the doctor’s surgery waiting room every single time you are there making idle chit chat with the receptionist.
Oh you know us they say as you enter trying to wipe that why-the-heck-are-you-always-here look off your face someone is always sick in our family.
And then there are the ones (like me) who tend to leave their poor children to suffer unless they are bleeding or vomiting up blood
(Jokes people calm down. I’m not that bad. Well, mostly not)
But I have recently noticed a growing proportion of another type of mum.
A gravely concerning type when it comes to their children's health – the social media consulters.
I am sure you have come across them too.
The ones who post these types of questions on Facebook.
“Ladies I need some advice. My nine-month old is vomiting and has this rash? Any clues what it might be?”
“Help. My three-year old has a strange cough and is quite pale. ( Do you think nearly blue?) I have pulled my car out ready to head to emergency (just in case) but just wanted to consult my fellow mums?”
Followed by an image of a ghostly looking child asleep on a flowery couch.
What should they do? They post.
What would you suggest?
Well actually I do have some advice and it’s blunt.
Get the f**k off Facebook and go to the bloody hospital.
Get your fingers off your phone and ring your GP.
Call an after-hours doctor for a home visit.
Ring a helpline staffed by you, know, those people with actual medical degrees.
I don’t get it.
It seems to me to be a dangerous and growing trend and one that could, if it hasn’t actually happened already be putting lives in danger.
Here is some totally unqualified, but very funny advice for new parents. (Post continues after video.)