Saturday, October 06, 2007

Nanny State, Pediatricians, and Children

A friend of mine sent me a link to this article in the Boston Herald. His daughter went to the doctor for a physical and the doctor asked this girl questions about him and his wife. Apparently, the child was asked about her parents' drinking and drug habits, and whether her Dad made her "uncomfortable."

The doc was just following guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. I believe his story because it has already happened to us on a smaller scale. We usually only get questioned about whether we have guns in the house. But it won't be long before they are asking questions about drinking, etc. When my kids turn 13, I will not be allowed in to their medical exams (if we stay with the same practice)--even if my child wants me there!

As the author of this article quips:

We used to be proud parents. Now, thanks to the AAP, we’re “persons of interest.”


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You don't have to leave if your child actually wants you there. Except few kids are going to talk honestly about whether their friends smoke/do drugs/etc in front of their parents let alone talk honestly about their own bad habits.
And if a kid actually has an alcoholic parent that beats them every day do you think they're going to tell anybody right in front of their parent?!
If the kid really does want you in the room they can ask for you back after they've had the opportunity to talk alone with the doctor, but no kids ever do that because it's plain awkward to have their parents in the room for this kind of stuff.
And it's not just pediatric guidelines, most states have laws that actually prevent doctors from disclosing a lot of this information to parents so doctors have to ask parents to leave to get an honest answer from the kids about whether or not they want their parents to know this particular medical information.
Think back to when you were a kid, did you always tell your parents everything? Even embarassing stuff? Come on.