Three days a week I’m a pediatrician. I help newborns through teenagers with their illnesses and injuries, general wellness and anything else that comes up related to kids’ health.
All the time, I’m a mom.
With two little ones under the age of four, I get what a lot of my patient families are going through. Middle-of-the-night wake up calls, constant runny noses, the “I-only-want-a-grilled-cheese” diet…I’ve been there! I’m still there!
I like to think that being a Dr. Mom makes me a better pediatrician. It’s an experience that I talk a lot about. Here are a few other things I share with parents…
Trust your instincts. If you feel something isn’t right with your child’s health, call the doctor. You know your child best.
I love your kids. I spent many years studying pediatrics and even worked as a pediatric hospitalist in a hospital because I love kids and I wanted to be as knowledgeable as I could about their health. I’m guessing it’s the number one reason most pediatricians do what they do. So, even though your child is screaming in my exam room or refusing to open her mouth for a throat culture, I still love her and want to do what’s best for her.
It’s okay to take off the Supermom cape once in a while. So what if the kids had ice cream for dinner or if you let your son eat crackers that fell on the floor or if you let him stay up way past his bedtime. Sometimes the reality of parenting makes us bend the rules.
But, while parenting isn’t an exact science and there are many occasions to ‘let things go’, there are a few rules you should always follow for the health of your child… car seat safety, sleep safety, and vaccines. Yes, Yes, and definitely Yes.
— Dr. Cacey Adams
Read more about new 411 Pediatrics’ physician, Cacey Adams