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I may have missed something but when was "my child has a cold" a medical emergency?
Where is the borderline between being accused of being a hypochondriac or being accused of dangerous medical complacency?
A recent survey of American parents bringing their children to an emergency room (ER) in Boston, MA, with the symptoms of a cold, revealed some interesting misconceptions:60% of parents believed colds are caused by changes in the weather.40% of parents thought you could catch a cold by going out with wet hair. 66% thought bacteria (as opposed to viruses) are the cause of colds.50% of parents thought that antibiotics are a useful treatment (which they are not). Parents who think antibiotics help colds to clear up are more likely to take their children to the doctor than other parents.(Pediatrics 2003;111:231-6) Here's the link to the source article for those interested :http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/abstract/111/2/231?ijkey=xD6Ny/afD.NXEChris