I've mentioned before that when it comes to parenting there is an endless amount of resources. In some ways this is an extraordinarily good thing. But in many, many ways, it's a really bad thing. I find myself googling anything and everything when it comes to E. When should she start teething? When will she roll over? When will she start walking? What is this strange rash like thing she's got? How do you deal with Cradle Cap?
The problem with the Internet is that #1 you can not guarantee that the source of the information is any more educated than yourself, and #2 the information you receive can differ enormously.
When should she start teething? Maybe she is already? Maybe not till 6 months. Might show symptoms from 3 months until 6 months. Can take months and months from the first sign of the symptoms until the first tooth is cut. Some kids are longer. Some kids are shorter.
When will she roll over? The early side is 4 months, the early early side is 3 months. Some kids can't be bothered at all, and won't do it. Some kids are longer. Some kids are shorter.
When will she start walking? Some kids start somewhere around 9 months. Most kids start by 1 year. Some kids are longer. Some kids are shorter.
What is this strange rash like thing she's got? I won't even go there. It could be life threatening, it could be nothing, some kids have it for longer, some kids have it for shorter.
How do you deal with cradle cap? Some suggest an adult danruff shampoo, some suggest olive oil, some suggest nothing, some say you can scratch it off, some say do NOT scratch it off. And as always, some kids have it for longer, and some kids have it for shorter.
And that's just if you google it. Forget about it if you go into one of the endlessly available parenting boards. You can get the opinions of 6,498 other parents who will tell you just what they think the issue is. I seriously once read a post that started to the effect of: "I was at the Drs today, and the Dr told me this is the best thing that we should do. But I am not sure. I wanted to get your opinions." Seriously? If you have such little faith in your Dr that you are going to solicit the advice of a thousand Internet unknowns, you need to find a new Dr.
So while I think having information is a good thing, and being informed is useful. I also think that there is a point which one can become over informed. In a bad way. So for the time being I have decided the following:
She's not teething, she's just crabby, She rolled over VERY early, I hope she'll be an early walker, but time will tell, she had baby acne and it wasn't life threatening, and putting olive oil on cradle cap does little more than make everyone smell like olives... and... well... then it makes everyone hungry too!
So for today! While I love the Internet and google things endlessly, remember to take everything that you find with a grain of salt, remember the source, and if you don't trust your Dr, get a new one. And for sure... who dropped the pacifier?