Lufkin pediatrician helps parents navigate information overload

Dr. Graves checks out three month old Carly
Dr. Graves checks out three month old Carly
New dad Gary Graham
New dad Gary Graham

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It can be overwhelming - parents muddling their way through an information overload concerning their children's health.

"Parents do read much more. The problem is what are they reading," said Dr. Cristina Graves.

Dr. Graves is the in-person expert many parents go to for a second-opinion about what they read online and in print.

"Parents will read articles all the time and they'll come in and ask me and we discuss it and go over was it a good study? What implications will it have on their child?" said Graves.

It's gets more complex, however, when those studies have down right conflicting conclusions. A recent example: whether to treat child-hood ear infections with anti-biotics.

"They say in some studies up to 80% of these kids will clear up on their own if you're a parent a 20% chance your kid isn't going to get better is pretty darn high," said Graves.

She tells parents to look critically at any new report.

New dad Gary Graham is experiencing first-hand the worry parents have about doing the right thing for their baby.

"This right here - the crying. Not knowing what to do. The panic mode sometimes of not knowing what to do that needs to be calmed down sometimes especially when you're tired," said Gary Graham.

A common question for parents is whether their kids are sick enough to come to the doctor. Dr. Graves says even if its just for the peace of mind sometimes its better to be safe than sorry.

For the new dad, just having a someone he can trust to ask questions means everything.

"Usually when I'm at the doctor it just I really want to know yeah am I doing it right? What should I expect when you're blind-sided by something and you don't what you're looking at," said Graham.

Dr. Graves says finding the right answers is all apart of her job.

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