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Hypo-mom-dria: The Hypochondria of Mothers

By howtobeadad |

Let’s take a look the inside of the heads of some moms (and sometimes dads) when confronted with childhood illnesses and injuries. Don’t misunderstand, mothers are rad and this is not a slight on them. It’s just that some moms are willing to open-mouth an elbow to suck the poison and germs out when their little one wipes out on asphalt or pace around wondering if they should call the pediatrician because they thought they heard a sneeze through the baby monitor. It’s amazing and wonderful. But it’s also hilarious.

We did several diagrams on this subject, so don’t mistake our focus on Moms as singular. Dads and kids also deserve thorough analysis as well.

So here we have it: a study on a mother’s (especially a first-timer’s) reality versus perception. A mother’s hypochondria. We call it: hypo-mom-dria.

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8 thoughts on “Hypo-mom-dria: The Hypochondria of Mothers

  1. Ry says:

    My 5 month old daughter got a bug bite on my nipple and I convinced myself last night that she had breast cancer…sigh.

  2. Ry says:

    On -her- nipple. You can tell I was up all night worrying.

  3. DaddyOfTwo says:

    Wonderful. The only thing is that I actually am the one learned in all what can go wrong (I read something and it sticks to my mind, and I’ve read my share of medical stuff).

    So I keep my mouth shut when one of the kids acts weird a bit.

    Great post.

    DaddyOfTwo from

  4. Joanna Piervallo says:

    I am so afraid of being a hypochondriac mom that I am always afraid I am not going to the doc when I should….

  5. Joy says:

    Im only guilty of one of these…… the Sleep/Coma thing and thats because our oldest was born premature with breathing problems and had sleep apnea until spring 2010 when her tonsils were removed. The first time she slept thru the night at 2 months old I freaked out and thought SIDS. LOL

  6. GENdMOM says:

    I am not this mom, I suppose that makes me a bit different. I am more of a ‘lets wait and see’ before we rush off to emerge. I see a rash I put polysporin on it, I see a scrap I slap a Dora bandaid on it, they are coughing I assess the cough before I start banging on their backs, I see a splinter and I get the tweezers, I see a pimple and I feel sorry they are already experiencing one of the downsides of life (and my kids are preschoolers), I hear a burp and I laugh……….

  7. Kendra says:

    LOL, That was a normal sinus rthym on the sleeping vs coma picture in the mom’s brain. Did anyone else notice that? Funny!

  8. says:

    Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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