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Parents are always suspicious of their teenagers.

Parental Suspicion

Probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you here these two words are kids either doing drug or having sex. But this particular entry has to do with parents innately knowing when something is wrong with the health of their child.

I was recently reading an article in a medical journal about otitis media in children in which they talked about the usefulness of specific clinical findings. A bulging tympanic membrane was at the top of the list at 97% specificity in diagnosing a middle ear infection. And a cloudy tympanic membrane was 95% specific. What I found interesting was they found that parental suspicion of middle ear infection was 80% accurate.

I have learned to trust a mother when she says something is wrong with her child.
A mother’s intuition whether based on feelings or observation of behavior should never be disregarded.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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