Social media and networking especially Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (Meet-up ? I never heard of it until now) plays an important role in disseminating information about kid’s health issues and controversies. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has an excellent website as well as a page in Facebook or Twitter that address these controversies. The top five controversies that make a parent or a Pediatrician so crazy are:
First: Proper position when baby is sleeping: Prone or Supine?
Which one is recommended? Historically, lying on baby’s face is recommended but researchers found out that there was increased incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), now it’s “Back to Sleep”. Really? Make up your mind GUYS!!
Second: Breastfeeding is the best but you can’t do it in public. Are you serious?
To breastfeed in public or to starve your baby?
Thumbs-up for both breastfeeding and breastfeeding in public.
Third: The cure for common colds.
Doctor…..my baby has a cold….Can you prescribe my baby Amoxicillin?
Gimme a break!!! Common colds or Upper Respiratory Infection is caused by a virus.
It’s a VIRUS. OK….. a VIRUS!! YOU GET THAT!!
Not a viral video….Dummy!!
Not a fungal infection, Miss HOLLY!!
Not a flesh eating bacteria!!!
COMMON COLDS….. DOES NOT NEED ANTIBIOTICS LIKE AMOXICILLIN OR ZITHROMAX!!!!
Fourth: Media violence can increase the risk of aggressive behavior in children and adolescent. Agree or Disagree? Yes or No.
This is a big YES but some parents will still say no. Television and video games are their babysitters. ARE YOU SERIOUS?
EXAMPLE: Columbine Shooting…..so tragic
And last but not the least: To immunize or not to immunize? That is the question. A no-brainer!!
Vaccines are not perfect but they are safe and effective.
Wow…… that jerk (excuse me for my language) said that Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine can cause Autism. AGAIN……ARE YOU SERIOUS? WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
This one is the most controversial issue in Pediatrics. The controversy will never die. Sarcastically, thank you to Dr. Wakefield who wrote the journal that MMR vaccine can cause autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). GIMME A BREAK!!
This lead to non-vaccination of MMR to some children causing increased mortality and morbidity in Pediatric population as well as its incidence in the past few years.
Through social media and social networking like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others, we can able to address the above controversies.