Should you diagnose your child's illness? - AmericaNowNews.com

Should you diagnose your child's illness?

Lots of doctors get concerned when parents start searching symptoms on the internet. But many do it, and new research shows it can be beneficial, and doctors should play a role.

A new study inside Kosair Children's Hospital Emergency Department shows 12% of the parents who came in were using the internet to research beforehand. And 35% were more certain of an ER visit after their search online.

On the flip side, 35% of internet users reported being less certain that their child needed emergency care.

Pediatricians say there's nothing wrong with wanting to know about your child's health, but it's important to utilize the right resources. The CDC's website and healthychildren.org, which is provided by the America Academy of Pediatrics, are great places to start.

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