Her husband, Jimmy, disagrees with taking the baby in for every
Kristin argues that Isabel's life may be in jeopardy if they delay taking her to the doctor. "When Isabel was a few days old, she developed jaundice," she says.
She admits that she will continue to defy her husband when it comes to Isabel, even giving their daughter medicine without Jimmy's knowledge. "Dr. Phil, my husband and I continue to disagree on our daughter Isabel's medical care," she says. "How can we reach a compromise?"
"Yes, if my pediatrician recommends that that's what I do, then that's what I'm going to do," she replies. "If I think that she needs medical attention, then I want to make sure she gets it."
"Do you think she's overreacting?" Dr. Phil asks.
"In some situations, yes," Jimmy says.
Dr. Phil points out that Jimmy felt vindicated when his wife rushed Isabel to the hospital on two occasions, and it turned out to be nothing. He asks Kristin how she feels about that.
"I think that I would much rather be safe than sorry when it comes to my infant," she answers.
"Well, that's where I felt that my instincts were telling me that the baby wasn't in a dire situation," Jimmy says. "If I felt like her vital signs were slowing down, we certainly would have rushed her to the hospital."
"Wouldn't that kind of move you in the direction of saying maybe there is something to be said for monitoring symptoms and seeing what's going on?" Dr. Phil asks.
"You say at three months or less, a fever to a baby can be very life threatening. Why?" he asks Dr. Karp.
Dr. Phil points out that even though Dr. Karp has been practicing medicine for 30 years, and has treated between 5,000 to 10,000 babies, he can't always tell if a child is truly sick just by looking at him or her. Dr. Phil explains that bringing in the child for examination can be crucial.
Dr. Phil agrees. "You guys have to come up with a third-party physician that you both trust and have confidence in, and then do this together. You don't have a bad attitude about this," he tells Jimmy. "But on a close call, I think you've got to go with mom," he advises, as the audience applauds.