There’s an implicit understanding in life that with age people become wiser and can take better decisions. Consequently, you should expect that with age, people know better how to take care of their health. However, in case you haven’t noticed people don’t tend to get healthier as they get older. Admittedly this has a lot to do with the body struggling to maintain its function with age. But do we, as individuals, understand how to better deal with the failings of an aging body? If you’re not sure of the answer, consider your aging parents or grandparents. Are they by any chance trying to pursue the same activities than they used to do 10 or 20 years ago? The main reason for this kind of behaviour lies in the fact that the more you age, the less often you go and see your doctor.
#1. First baby: everything has to be perfectly new
For new parents, investing in the health of their baby is their number one priority. In fact, most new parents spend up to £7,200 during the first year of their baby’s life. The main reason behind this expense is a health concern. Parents don’t feel comfortable with the idea of not buying new products for their firstborn as they worry about potential health issues. Everything needs to be clean and sterile in the kitchen. The necessary equipment in the kitchen and the bathroom for your baby should be up to date and entirely safe. Consequently new products are always a better choice. Additionally, emotional arguments come also in the decision-making process. For a first baby, you want to prove your worth as a parent and therefore buying new baby products is the best way you have to show how much you care.
#2. Getting to understand how your baby works
Babies see doctors extremely regularly, not as a personal choice but because it can be tricky to know how healthy your baby is. Having a baby is, after all, a new experience, and consequently millions of new parents make up to 16 visits to the GP during their child’s first year. A tenth of new parents dash to the GP surgery because they mistake their baby sleeping for a health issue. In fact, panic attacks are very common for new parents, and it takes up to a year to get used to the health ups and downs of their baby. From a simple cold to worrying that the baby might stop breathing throughout the night, new parents and especially mothers reach for medical support for every single boo-boo. In fact, most babies see a doctor on a monthly basis – if not more regularly – during the first year of their life.
#3. Second child: the keyword is repurposing
However, when parents get a second child, the worry circle is less suffocating. In fact, parents tend to spend less on their second child because they consider it would be rude to organise a baby shower. As a result, they tend to re-use items that they’ve kept from their firstborn child. Similarly, they also rely on the medical knowledge they’ve accumulated during the first year of their first baby. Consequently, it’s likely that doctors see second-born babies less often than their older siblings. However, don’t misinterpret this for lack of interest of caring.Let’s call it experience instead. .The only issue with this approach is that new health issues with the second child might need a little longer to be diagnosed as parents don’t rush to the GP as quickly as they did for the elder child.
#4. Adults spend less time on their health
When you’re not caring about your child’s health, you might be waking up in the middle of the night and worrying about your own health issues. In fact, more than half of the British population wake up around 4 am, worrying about their overdue dental check-ups, or the struggle of losing weight. However, despite regular worries, 20% of Britons admit that health issues are not the first things to be ticked off their to-do list. Instead, the focus is set on work, relationships, and finance. Unfortunately, the fast pace of modern life makes it difficult to change the priority of your worries. In other words, adults who can find the time to dash to the GP to get their child checked are a lot less motivated to look after their own health with the same interest.
#5. I don’t have time for an appointment
The Millennial generation seems to care more about their health, but their approach has moved to a digital platform instead. The young generation prefers to rely on digital information to manage their lifestyle and build up healthy habits. In fact, googled information is becoming more valid in the mind of youngsters than the word of a doctor. 65% feel confident checking health websites and apps to improve their health. They don’t stop there, as they’re happy to order what they consider to be the necessary drugs in a few clicks. Many online pharmacies offer NHS prescriptions to your door, and as a result, they attract a large number of young visitors who want to save time with a click and buy approach to health.The results? Well, all if fine as long as they avoid self-medication.
#6. Seniors don’t need doctors – or so they think
Elderly people are renowned for being difficult when it comes down to checking their health. It’s not uncommon for them to refuse to see their doctor, for a variety of reasons. Therefore, seniors can struggle with health issues for very long periods of time. They tend to believe that things will sort themselves out if they wait. It’s your role as a relative to make sure that your aging parents are looked after, even if you need to call to arrange a medical visit instead.
If only everyone could worry about their health in the same way that parents worry about their newborn! Regular medical visits and keeping on top of your check-up appointments are essential to stay healthy. But first of all, you need to change your priorities in life. Your health matters more than your job or your lifestyle. Take the time to see your doctor and only use online facilities for medicine order renewal – never as a tool for self-diagnosis.