As a parent, worrying is your full-time job. (“Wait, is it weird that my kid has an imaginary friend named Bobo?”) So to give you some peace of mind, we sat down with real pediatricians to find out what they think you have permission to calm down about. Deep breaths.
A fever, by definition, is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. The docs we talked to said that if your child's temperature is 100 degrees or below, there’s no need to panic. If your baby is a newborn, your doctor might want to investigate a bit more, but it’s typically nothing to worry about if your child is over two months old and has already gotten her first round of shots.
It’s great to do your due diligence. But please please please do not worry about vaccines causing autism (they don’t) or alter the vaccination schedule your doctor has recommended for your child. And remember what we said about a low-grade fever? It’s totally normal to get one right after a vaccine (in fact, it means it’s working).
A poop-less streak
If your child doesn't poop for a few days—even up to a week, for babies two months and older—please don't show up in the ER at 2 a.m. The pediatricians we talked to explained that not only do kids digest foods at different rates, but digestion can vary greatly based on what and how much they’ve eaten. Keep this motto in mind: This too shall pass.
We didn’t grow up eating USDA-organic and look at us: We’re fine. If you choose to buy only organic produce, that’s great, but there’s no need to have a minor meltdown if your kid eats a non-organic apple at her friend’s house.
Same thing—plus, they’re tricky to avoid, especially if you regularly eat out in restaurants. You have a million things on your plate (i.e., children), so please try not to lose sleep over corn on the cob.
Every disease in the news
While it’s smart to take precautions, the majority of scary diseases you hear about in the news are rare and exist only in certain locations. So, yes, do your research. Shower yourself in bug spray. But try not to freak out over Zika or Lyme disease so much that it ruins your vacation. (Or worse, prevents you from taking one in the first place.)