Primary school insisting my child takes water not squash to school, despite there being a medical reason for it

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My ds is 10 and suffers from frequent migraines. He takes daily preventative meds for them, and we try hard to manage them by eliminating triggers.

Obviously, dehydration is a major trigger, and so I need to make sure he drink enough during the day. I send him to school with weak squash in his water bottle, as he is not overly keen on water, and so will not drink enough of it. I know this to be the case from seeing him drink at home.

School are kicking up an almighty fuss about it. I have spoken to them countless times explaining why he needs the squash, and have also written a letter insisting he be alowed it, abd again explained why.
Today he was pulled into the heads office because of the squash.

I went in after school and asked to see the head. I was told she could only speak to me for 2 minutes. She came out and right away knew why I was there. She just went on and on about many people not liking water and getting headaches, but that other kids would think it was ok for their child to bring in squash also.
She then said that my ds had promised earlier that day, to try and drink only water next week. So basically they got him to agree to this in a meeting with no parent present.

I explained again about his migraines, but she basically insisted and just said that ds had agreed now.

Is there anyting I can do about this ? I think their treatment of him and his condition is appaling. We have also had issues where they have made him wait for calpol when a headache starts.

InternationalPower Sat 07-Sep-13 11:38:45

Oh I was thinking about this yesterday too. Our school has just invested in 300 water bottles for children to keep in school so we can encourage them to drink more - amazing how many parents don't send one despite repeated requests.

OP, did you ever ask your GP for that letter? How did you get on?

EvieT49 Fri 24-Oct-14 10:08:59

I realise that this is an old topic, but just in case anyone is searching for advice on this subject........
Firstly let me say that I am a migraine sufferer and the mother of a child who suffers from migraine.
If you have a child who suffers from migraines - please be aware that ALL squash drinks contains chemical additives which trigger migraines. The migraines may not come on immediately, but the chemicals build up in the body causing all sorts of problems, but for a migraine sufferer - they will exacerbate any migraine symptoms and the more they have in their bodies - the harder a migraine is to shake off. These chemicals need to be flushed out with WATER.
These chemicals can also be pretty addictive, so children can become almost dependant on them. Hence the craving for squash rather than water.
Please, please, please - encourage children to drink more water! Put ice cubes in it, put a slice of citrus fruit in it, or a little natural fruit juice. But limit the amount of squash they have and reduce the amount of health problems they could be developing.
Thanks for reading....x

Corestrategy Fri 24-Oct-14 11:06:05

wtf is it with control freak teachers? If it's not uniforms it's drinks now? Seems like the teaching profession still attracts the same little hitlers that it did when I was at school. At least they can't actually legally beat the crap out of kids any more as they used to with us.

LMAO

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