I don’t want to see your kid’s rash. I don’t want to see their weird lumps and bumps. I don’t want to see their sores, weeping or otherwise. I don’t want to see a possible allergic reaction on their cheeks – or, worse, their bum cheeks.
I am in several Facebook mums’ groups. I love them. They’re fantastic. Hugely supportive to women struggling with self-doubt and loneliness. Funny and helpful.
But being in several Facebook mums’ groups means my daily feed has a good chance of including a poorly taken close-up photo of spots on someone’s child, with a request to identify what these spots may be. Sometimes there’s a disclaimer, like, “I have been to a doctor, but he didn’t seem concerned,” or, “I have rung the GP and made an appointment, but I just thought I’d ask here first.”
Like, they’re not really asking for a diagnosis, but they are.
I have never posted a helpful comment in reply to one of these photos. Why not? Oh, possibly because I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING. And if I had medical training, I wouldn’t be giving my advice away for free to strangers. (Plus, it wouldn’t exactly be very professional. How many doctors do you know that do consultations via Facebook?)
Anyway, what happens if you post a photo of your kid’s spots and nine mums say “heat rash”, three say “allergic reaction”, one says “meningitis” and one says “red texta”? Who do you believe? The answer that comes up most often, or the worst-case scenario?