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I worry so much about my baby: Is that sneeze the start of the swine flu? Yikes, are those dots chicken pox? How do you contain your fears?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When you have children, maternal worries come to the forefront. This is true for physicians as well. When my children are sick, what I’ve learned becomes a blur.

It’s our nature as moms to think the worst—to exaggerate and over concern ourselves. That’s been a continuing challenge for me. I try to keep my head and not worry that every cough is pneumonia or every blemish is a viral rash.

What I do is use my husband as my touchstone. He’s there to tell me a cold is just a cold. He’s able to view things more rationally than me.

Silvana Ribaudo, MD, a mom of two and an assistant clinical professor at the Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and at ColumbiaDoctors Eastside, both in New York City

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.