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AIBU to request a same day appointment for DD?

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Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:38:00

DD got an ear infection. Nothing new, she's very prone to having these. She usually gets a cold, which results in infection. I spoke with the doctor and there's much that can be done, except trying to keep her healthy and warm. But she gets ill quite often and I'm worried about what the school might say, even though she's just in reception. To be clear, she gets sick like every ten days. It's normal in a class full of kids who are also half-sick and with runny noses and coughs!

Anyway, do you think IABU to request a same day appointment at my GP to justify that she's ill? I keep thinking it's not an emergency, but at the same time, I want to leave clear to the school that she really has an infection, and that I'm not just keeping her home because I want to.

MrsMiniversCharlady Tue 11-Dec-12 12:39:43

No, I don't think it's reasonable to take up an emergency appointment to placate school. She's not compulsory school age anyway, school can't reasonably do/say a thing!

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:40:27

School IS compulsory at reception (right?)

BluelightsAndSirens Tue 11-Dec-12 12:40:59

Have the school asked for proof if why your DD isn't in school?

If they haven't and you are happy to treat with home remedies then I wouldn't waste an emergency appointment, could you ask to speak to the surgery nurse and see what she/he thinks.

Doesn't an ear infection need anti biotics?

BluelightsAndSirens Tue 11-Dec-12 12:41:58

Under the age of 5 isn't compulsory.

MsElleTow Tue 11-Dec-12 12:41:58

YABU emergency appointments are for ^ emergencies^!

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 11-Dec-12 12:42:24

Well if it requires anti biotics to avoid ear drum bursting and the intense pain then yanbu.

RillaBlythe Tue 11-Dec-12 12:42:39

Not compulsory school age till actually 5.

FanjoTimeMammariesAndWine Tue 11-Dec-12 12:43:00

She wont be unusual in her amount of absences in first term of Reception, trust me smile

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Tue 11-Dec-12 12:43:34

My DS suffers from regular ear infections. I always get him to the GP for the day he starts to get it as I want the anti b's to work straight away.

School is compulsory the term after their 5th birthday.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Tue 11-Dec-12 12:47:17

You don't have to send your child to school until the term after they turn 5. BUT if choose to send them in reception then it is compulsory.

I'd say YANBU in two ways. Firstly I think a child getting ear infections this often should be check ASAP by a doctor. Secondly I would want school to know that my reasons for keeping my child off were genuine if it was more than a few days.

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:48:37

She's 5 (one of the oldest in her class, she's from september).

Bluelights they haven't specifically requested it, but once she was ill, they asked if she had seen a doctor. It hadn't even occurred to me, and I felt as if they thought I was making it up! After then, that's what I usually do, I get the doctor to write me a note to proof to school that she's ill.

To the rest: that's how I felt... emergency appointments should be for emergencies... what do the rest of you do, has anyone felt the same from their school?

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 11-Dec-12 12:49:02

Once they r there they r subject to the same rules and regulations as those who r five already regarding absences. You can't have them off all the time and just say " it's ok she doesn't have to be there yet"

If she has an ear infection best to start antibiotics ASAP so if u can get her in then do. But if u already have that sorted and it's just a case of waiting it out til course is finished then don't. Schooll expect this in reception.

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:49:53

We don't use antibiotics.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 11-Dec-12 12:51:04

How do u treat the ear infections then? smile

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:51:05

We don't use antibiotics, and I know that some of you will think I'm mad, but I've read a lot about this, come from a family of doctors, and have decided that I don't want to use them in my child.

She's a very healthy girl when she's not surrounded by sick kids.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Tue 11-Dec-12 12:52:03

How do you control her ear infections then if you dont use anti biotics?

My son is under the hospital now for damage caused to his ears by repeated ear infections.......god knows what his hearing would be like if he hadn't had anti b's...

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:52:12

To treat ear infections, I just give her paracetamol (when she's got fever) and natural remedies to relief the pain. I let the infection clear naturally. It only needs time.

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:52:43

Antiobiotics only make things worse, they make infections even more recurrent

FridgeBenefits Tue 11-Dec-12 12:53:09

Have i read this right?
If she's getting an ear infection every 10 days, maybe it's a recurring infection that does actually need to be treated with antibiotics.

funkybuddah Tue 11-Dec-12 12:54:19

What can the school do really? I mean really?

My friends son is off all the time, always sick, the slightest thing knocks him off his feet and his attendance is v low, but the school are yet to do anything about it and he is in year 4.

Rather than take her to doc (ig not needed as I know they dont give anti bs all the time at my surgery anymore for ear infections) make an appt to see the head to discus your worries for your dd and how she atches everything going, but as someone els esaid, its reception, she wont be unusual.

weegiemum Tue 11-Dec-12 12:54:19

Most ear infections are viral.

But see the doc if you're worried, remembering antibiotics don't work on viruses.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 11-Dec-12 12:54:20

In that case there's no need to go to dr and get a note straight away. Most teachers know that kids pick up all sorts when they first start school it's inevitable.

I wouldnt worry too much smile

Kalemu Tue 11-Dec-12 12:54:27

no, she gets a cold every 10 days. Sometimes it affects her ear, but not always.

MrsMiniversCharlady Tue 11-Dec-12 12:55:14

No, that's not correct. It's the term after 5 that it's compulsory and absences are not recorded in the same way. The government are planning to change this but they haven't done so yet.

The bottom line is that she's ill, she shouldn't be at school and you don't need a doctor to confirm this.

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