I wouldn’t have it any other way
checked out. Despite his reticence to tell us the associated condition, I got in touch with Doctor Google, who informed me back arching meant he had cerebral palsy. It was a very long fortnight of anxiety kept in check by the fact he seemed absolutely fine.
We finally saw the physiotherapist who said he arched his back due to colic. We both breathed a sigh of relief and then the doctor said she was referring him to the craniofacial department because he had a forehead ridge.
Doctor Google informed me this ridge meant his skull had fused early and he’d need surgery. The diagnosis seemed a little pessimistic but let’s just wait and see, I thought.
Fortunately, the expert’s diagnosis was he had a bumpy skull.
We’ve wasted a lot of time and energy on nothing, but what’s the alternative? The doctor explaining, “I’m not sure what’s going on with this weird rash, should be alright, I don’t want to put you to any trouble, here’s some Calpol and best of luck”.
The truth is, I’m more than happy to have legions of highly trained medical experts to care for my children and it’s all for free.
Possibly the only problem with the whole system is me blindly looking on the internet to come up with a diagnosis from Mumsnet.