Enoch's post on medmusings makes a good point about avoiding antibiotics in the context of a prolonged fever in his child. I think that those of us with kids have an advantage over physicians without kids. We've been there. We've worried about the fever that won't go away. We've been up all night with the crying baby (?Is it the ear? Is it teething .. or is it just ... behavior?)
Working with patients in a similar predicament - we have much more credibility than even the most knowledgable, thoughtful, compassionate physician in the world.