StATS: Important disclaimer.
Although I work in a hospital, my profession is Statistics. I help the doctors and nurses here plan research studies and make sense of the numbers after the research is done. I am totally unqualified to provide medical advice. If you have a question about Statistics, like "When would you use a median instead of a mean to summarize your data?" then I can provide an intelligent answer.
Some questions that might seem to you to be statistical in nature, such as, "What is the average age that infants can start taking solid foods?" but which I am still unqualified to answer. If you are unsure about whether the question is medical or statistical, go ahead and ask. The worst that will happen is that you will get a polite "Sorry I don't know" response back.
There are some good web sites that do offer medical advice from professionals. I would encourage you to check these sites out in addition to any advice you get from your family physician. If you find any helpful advice at any of these other web sites, please let me know. If none of these sites are helpful, please also let me know so I can stop recommending them to people.
This page was written by Steve Simon while working at Children's Mercy Hospital. Although I do not hold the copyright for this material, I am reproducing it here as a service, as it is no longer available on the Children's Mercy Hospital website. Need more information? I have a page with general help resources. You can also browse for pages similar to this one at Category: Website details