I was too embarrassed to share this story when it happened, about two years ago. Today it popped into my head, however, and I was able to see the hilarity in it.
I noticed a small round scab on Leah’s scalp one day while combing her hair. She was too young to ask her if she had hit her head on anything at the time. I was taken aback at how perfectly round it was. Mistake #1- I did a google search. What it brought up was ringworm!
I couldn’t understand how my beautiful, clean, healthy girl could have gotten ringworm, but as a typical first time mommy, I panicked. I took a picture with my phone and tried to send it to my aunts, who are nurses. They couldn’t tell from the photo. Mistake #2- I called her doctor’s office totally freaking out and demanded that she be seen that very day.
Her regular doctor was unavailable, but they squeezed her in with another doc in the practice, who told me that what she had was a round scab that did not even remotely resemble ringworm. He told me not to worry and that it would go away on it’s own in a few days, just like any other, non-round scab. Not completely convinced, I brought her home and continued to fret. Until I washed her hair that night.
After I got her out of the tub and was combing her hair, I saw that the round thingy was gone. The doctor and I were both wrong. What my daughter had on her head was not ringworm, and it was not a round scab. It was something sticky that washed right off with her Johnson’s Baby Shampoo!
I learned a lot from that experience. Most of all, never google anything medical. Second of all, don’t freak out. As moms, I am sure that we have all had those huge overreactions concerning our children. Especially as babies. Especially our firsts. But, hopefully, those freak-outs lead us all to be more laid back in the future. I know I am way more laid back now than I was then!