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  • idlethreat (edited 3 years ago)

    Doctors are inclined to dismiss parental concerns more due to the fact that parents (especially first time parents) do nothing but worry about their children's development. Every smile and wave makes them instantly an Einstein. Every sneeze or cough is obviously Ebola and dammit, why aren't they calling me back. I've called them three times this morning...

    If you're concerned about your kids development, then seek out the help you need, the specialists you want. there's nothing stopping you.

    Do anything you need to address your concerns. In the meantime, your doctor has 30 other Einsteins and Ebola sufferers to tend to.

    • Graphictruth

      It's his job to address their concerns - and it's also his job to do primary screenings for things that are certain to come up within his practice.

      The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians screen children at their 18-month checkup and again when the child is between 24 and 30 months old. But it will take a few years for this practice to truly take root.

      Meanwhile, Zuckerman says parents can find online tests and videos, so that they have a better idea of that to look for.

      "We screen for blood pressure in kids and for vision," says Zuckerman. "There's no reason we can't screen for autism."

      And seeing out the help you need, the specialists you want - well, that leads to the Wakefields, the McCarthy's and the Defeat Autism Now's of this world - peddlers of panic and patent nostrums are always swift to capitalize on when parent's concerns are dismissed without consideration.

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