Some Doctors Also Believe in Myths


pediatricians pictureThe presumption that patients are sometimes smarter than the doctor is not entirely wrong. A study in the United States proved, 76 percent of pediatricians still believe in myths that are not true about health care.

According to AOL Health, a research was conducted by Dr. Andrew Adesman from Children’s Medical Center in New York, of 5000 pediatricians in America.

From the dozens of myths recorded by Dr. Andrew, 76 percent of pediatricians surveyed still believed in one or several of them. This is of course worrying because it involves the safety of the young generation.

Here is a false myths that are still believed by some pediatricians based on the research by Dr. Andrew:

1. It is safe to put an infant to sleep on his side. (32.6 percent)
2. Aspirin may be used to treat a fever in children above the age of 5 years. (5.2 percent)
3. Teething sometimes causes high fevers. (2.4 percent)
4. Ice baths can be used to bring down a high fever in young children. (5.3 percent)
5. Chickenpox is not contagious before the rash appears. (6.0 percent)
6. Since colds are respiratory viruses, they are not often spread by contact with infected body parts or surfaces. (8.2 percent)
7. Honey may be given to babies under 6 months of age. (2.8 percent)
8. If a child has a seizure, place a soft object (such as a wallet) into his mouth to prevent choking or biting of the tongue. (4.6 percent)
9. To prevent ear wax build-up, parents should carefully clean the ear canals with a cotton swab after a bath when the wax is softest. (4.7 percent)
10. Rubbing alcohol is not absorbed through a baby’s skin. (31.5 percent)
11. The best way to stop a bloody nose is to tilt the head back. (1.8 percent)
12. Foods such as raw vegetables, whole grapes and hot dogs do not pose potential choking hazards for children 3 and under. (1.7 percent)