As a new parent you are suddenly faced with tons of medical decisions that need to be made not for you, but for someone else. It can be tricky, emotional, and sometimes scary to research and make decisions even when they are based on legitimate human medical studies. Sometimes though, there are not even many clinical studies available to do your research.
Many of the procedures and common practices done today on infants have been studied on animals or in labs, but not in a controlled, double-blind trial with humans (including, but not limited to: vaccines and routine injections, Vitamin K shots, newborn eye ointment application, which all happen within hours of birth). This is because it might be considered unethical to subject humans, especially infants, to chemicals and drugs that are not known and proven to be safe. Also, it could be ethically irresponsible to take infants away from their parents and a normal upbringing for the amount of time they would need to do a thorough study. However, clinical studies are very important and we know several locations (www.clinicaltrialsdallasfortworth.com) here in Dallas Fort Worth where they conduct these and many other research studies.
Another factor that can be hard for parents when they are trying to research and make decisions concerning the health of their child is that in many cases where there have been clinical studies and trials, the results have been overturned or put into question since the time of the trial. This means what once may have been considered a safe practice, is now not recommended because of further research that has been done on the subject.
One of the major topics in medicine that has been in the news a lot lately is vaccines. It is a very controversial topic that is becoming more popular because of recent “outbreaks” of certain diseases that were considered to be eradicated in the United States. It is hard to find unbiased information on the topic because even governmental agencies like the CDC and FDA who recommend vaccines for most children are not a completely unbiased source of information. While the aim of these governmental agencies is public health, many people have a hard time trusting their recommendations because the pharmaceutical companies who make (and sell) the drugs have a lot of influence over government because of all the money involved. For parents it is extremely difficult to find information about vaccines that is backed up by clinical trials and studies and not sponsored by major pharmaceutical companies.
Thankfully, most doctors still care about patients and parents enough to let them make their own health decisions and to give them what resources they know about to make an educated and informed decision.