So, I ended up at the doctors with DS and a temp of 40.5 degrees this afternoon. After the doctor yelled at DS for touching his stethoscope with his 'sick hands' and hauled me over the coals re his healing eczema, he then gave me a hard time because DS apparently has a terrible throat infection and I should have brought him in sooner. Given that he has been absolutely fine until 3 this afternoon and I had him in at the doctor by 4.30, I don't see how I could have!
Anyway, he prescribed medication, and when I asked if they were antibiotics, he kind of tutted at me and asked if I was one of those mums that refused to give their kids antibiotics. I said if it was recommended and my son was sick then I would trust a doctor's opinion. Seriously, wtf??
So thinking about it now that I'm calm, I'm wondering if the doctor feels frustrated because he sees a lot of parents who automatically refuse antibiotics or something. Which leads me to wonder: when would you and wouldn't you give your child antibiotics? Do you have a rule of thumb that you go by?
I'm not as educated about this stuff as I should be, and it seems that parents that mindlessly use antibiotics are the new scourge of the earth... So, I'd love some education please!