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    Default GP told me to give my 7 month old honey!

    I took 7 month old DD to doctors yesterday for Bronchiolitis. My GP suggested I give her honey before bed to soothe her cough. Now he is a great GP, been seeing him for 20 years and I would ordinarily trust him 100% but thank goodness for google and me knowing honey is a no no. I can only assume he is old school and grew up giving his kids honey on a dummy as my parents did me

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    I'd say so. And in fairness to him, the likelihood that your LO would get botulism from store bought honey would be slim to none.

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    I find it perplexing that a parent would take google's advice over a Doctor!

    Each to their own I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    I find it perplexing that a parent would take google's advice over a Doctor!

    Each to their own I suppose.

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    Well google would bring up results such as current guidelines in relation to infant feeding. Honey is the only food still recommended to be delayed until after 12 months. So sometimes yes, I would take 'googles' advice through my own research over a GP. It wouldn't be the first time a doctor was wrong.

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    I find it strange advice too. GPs do have to know so much about so many things that it's easy to understand that he might not be up to date on infant feeding guidelines, although that recommendation has been around for many years. I did buy some cough medicine recently for 6 months plus and it was honey flavored which I also found strange.

    Looking up the current infant feeding guidelines online before you start solids makes sense. I personally would wait till nearer to 12 months to give honey but the chances of your baby getting sick from honey are very low so don't worry if you've given it already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    I find it perplexing that a parent would take google's advice over a Doctor!

    Each to their own I suppose.

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    As PP said Google could lead to current guidelines. Eg- Raising Children, Royal children's hospital...etc

    I'm glad my mum did her research & find a specialist to diagnose her Bowel Cancer instead of taking her doctors advice that the pain was stress related and couldn't give reason for her severe anaemia resulting in iron transfers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    I find it perplexing that a parent would take google's advice over a Doctor!

    Each to their own I suppose.

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    I find it perplexing that a parent would blindly take the advice of one GP without researching information for themselves.... Each to their own!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    I find it perplexing that a parent would take google's advice over a Doctor!

    Each to their own I suppose.

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    In this case, as with many other bad Dr advice stories we here on bubhub Google was correct and the Dr clearly wrong ( googling the current Australian national infant health guidelines tells you this plus hundreds of other government websites) so thankfully the OP did research this advice as her Dr clearly had not

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    I, thankfully, have a doctor who googles

    Unless he's certain about something, he will google it while I'm there in the office. Obviously he only uses reputable medical/scientific sources (not wikipedia, "naturalhealth" etc.)...but of course being a GP doesn't make you super-human. We all THINK we know things we don't.

    A GP's in a position though where they ought to be questioning their own beliefs/knowledge, and double checking wherever possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharvs View Post
    I find it perplexing that a parent would blindly take the advice of one GP without researching information for themselves.... Each to their own!


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    Obnoxious much? I didn't say I would blindly follow one GP's advice. Those are your words, not mine.


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