Doctors with children, especially pediatricians, fall into the range, or it may be more accurate to say that they oscillate between two poles when it comes to the seriousness with which we take complaints from our children. On the one hand, we can summarize a child's minor illness with some jaded, well-jaded shrug; if you have a headache, go lie down in a dark room.
But like all doctors, I know too much and this can sometimes send you in the other direction. My youngest child was once awake saying that he had a stomach ache. He suffered in the classic place where the appendix was often attached, he presented manual symptoms of appendicitis. I had diagnosed it so firmly that nothing could dissuade me. It turned out that he does not actually have appendicitishe just had a good story for that, as they say.
That's the oscillation I mean; When it comes to my own children, I tend to start with total denial: it's nothing serious, do not exaggerate, do not fuss. But then, a small switch turns and I jump right by suggesting a cold cloth on the forehead for a headache, because I'm sure I forgot to diagnose meningitis and we urgently need a puncture lumbar.
And that partly reflects some specific pain codes that can scare me, with my own children, with the children of friends and with the patients. With children, after all, it's good to be relaxed enough about chest pain, most of the time (teens with chest pain always think that they have a heart attack , go like the devil in pediatrics, but they usually are not), a lot of attention if a young child seems to have hip pain because infants and young children can develop rare hip infections – but serious.
A pain in the groin in a boy may mean a contracted muscle or a cut too small and a pain in the groin in a boy that may be a sign of testicular torsion, a medical emergency. And with all the headaches and stomach pains of childhood, there are these constant pediatric threats, the headache that is meningitis, stomach ache that is appendicitis .