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Son sent home from school with wobbily tooth...

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Almostrubbish Fri 24-Feb-17 11:30:01

Now let's be honest he did lose consciousness but he doesn't like blood and has low blood pressure. What can I do to prevent this happening for every tooth? He has another 18 to go he can't be off school for all of them. The tooth isn't even out yet!

c3pu Fri 24-Feb-17 11:34:27

Pliers? Get it all over done with in one go.

TheresABluebirdOnMyShoulder Fri 24-Feb-17 11:35:03

He wasn't sent home because of a wobbly tooth. He was sent home because he fell unconscious. I'm not sure that you can reasonably object to a school sending home a child who lost consciousness. They are not medical professionals and so they can't make the call that it's nothing serious. Obviously for most children, falling unconscious is not an everyday occurrence and would warrant some medical intervention or investigation. If this is an ongoing medical condition and you are anticipating further incidents, I think you need to get a doctor's note and have a meeting with the school.

MuddyMoose Fri 24-Feb-17 11:42:23

As a PP said your son wasn't sent home because of a wobbly tooth. He was sent home because he lost consciousness. I'd be livid, as I'm sure most parents would be, if my child lost consciousness & the school didn't bother to get in touch...

Starlight2345 Fri 24-Feb-17 11:46:09

I think you need to see GP because DS is losing consciousness. As other said it wasn't the wobbly tooth that sent him home.

ThreeFish Fri 24-Feb-17 11:57:54

I think you need to see the GP.

rightsofwomen Fri 24-Feb-17 12:02:05

I presume he fainted, which is short lived loss of consciousness. If so then I really don't think you need to see a doctor.

If it was a longer period of unconsciousness then you are being rather flippant in the lack of concern.

Does he have a condition which gives him low bp? I ask because I have no clue at all what bp my children have. I can't think it would ever be measured unless there was a concern.

I think this is an odd post.
I fainted at school a couple of times, I was never sent home.

InfinityPlusOne Fri 24-Feb-17 12:06:28

I'd be annoyed if a child of mine fainted at school and wasn't sent home. Have you had the low BP issue investigated? Perhaps the cause is benign but even so I'd think losing consciousness would be distressing and I'd want them home on that basis anyway.

Witchend Fri 24-Feb-17 12:07:02

I don't know really.
I faint at the sight (and occasionally the thought of the sight!) of blood sometimes. I'm better than I was though.

The very worst thing school could have done would have been is to send me home.
The bets thing you can do is treat it totally matter of fact, give a drink, a sit down then back into doing things.
Yes, perhaps they should have phoned you and let you know. Perhaps ask them to do that in future. Also let them know so if they can keep an eye on him for that so when they see him going faint a sharp remark can be very helpful. I'm speaking as a sufferer there.

"ooh lets sit you down carefully and wrap you in cotton wool" comments, and I'll end up fainting. "Sit down her and you're not going to faint" said fairly forcefully is much better.

harderandharder2breathe Fri 24-Feb-17 12:08:45

He's sent home because of his tooth. He's sent home because he fainted.

What does the doctor recommend for his low blood pressure?

Floralnomad Fri 24-Feb-17 12:11:48

Fainting can be really scary , and it can also be scary for other children , school should definitely have called you to collect him .

TheMythOfFingerprints Fri 24-Feb-17 12:12:23

Bloody hell, I can just imagine the other side of this.

"Ds has low bp and passes out at the sight of blood.
He has a wobbly tooth which bled at school today, he promptly passed out and school didn't let me know or send him home."

Youd probable be advised to log it with 101.

melj1213 Fri 24-Feb-17 12:28:22

The title is very misleading, which I am sure was not accidental.

YABU your child passed out at school, of course they are going to want to send him home!

I assume that he has an underlying medical condition which means you know he has low BP (I have no idea what my DDs is, whether it's low, high or just fine as there has never been need to test it and find out) so if this is something that might possibly happen more often than for other children, I'd speak to your doctor about it and what the best strategies are if he faints at school - does he need to come home/go to hospital/make a GP appt or can they give him some water, let him rest and then carry on with his day as normal or do they give him a snack and let him rest for a bit then on restricted timetable (no running around at break/lunch etc) for the rest of the day? - and then go into school and discuss with them the medical advice you have been given and how to deal with it in future.

They may have a rule/guideline that any child who passes out without any prior warning must have their parents contacted immediately and they must take their child home ... but if they know that a child has a medical condition, and fainting is a symptom of it, they may be able to put different strategies in place to allow him to stay in school and just call you when it happens and/or let you know at pick up time.

Almostrubbish Fri 24-Feb-17 12:29:58

Totally agree with all your posts! Of course school have to let us know maybe even send him home if he faints. I guess what I'm asking is does anyone have advice on what to do for the future I'm sure school and we would like a strategy.

Almostrubbish Fri 24-Feb-17 12:31:54

Also think it must be partially psychological to pass out so easily - fear of blood anyone got any ideas to help a child not get so worked up/squeamish?

BitOutOfPractice Fri 24-Feb-17 12:32:59

I would have thought that you and his doctors would have a plan about how to deal with whatever condition is causing his low blood pressure

Floralnomad Fri 24-Feb-17 12:33:22

If you have a private dentist you could always pay to have a tooth pulled as soon as it becomes loose.

catkind Fri 24-Feb-17 12:37:23

Most wobbly teeth don't bleed, or certainly not till they fall out. And even if they do bleed every time they fall out, he's likely to get used to it, the first time is a lot more of a shock. I presume he doesn't faint every time a friend falls over and grazes a knee?

I'd say if it happens again with this tooth, or happens with tooth 2, then have a chat with school about whether they can deal with it without sending him home. You might need to see if an exception can be agreed to their sending home policy, or they might want a GP letter or something. Or any measures they can take to help him not faint - somewhere quiet to sit down if he feels the need for example?

WonderMike Fri 24-Feb-17 12:44:47

I had low bp and used to pass out when teeth came out, still do during blood tests etc. I always feel "whooshy" for a few hours afterwards - my head will buzz and best place to be is on the sofa at home.

I had 8 milk teeth pulled as a child - not because of the fainting, but I passed out then too. Mainly because the dentist felt local anaesthetic was for wimps and would just jam the needle in.

Areyoulocal Fri 24-Feb-17 12:45:00

My father in law was a very physically tough man.However, he always fainted at the sight of his own blood.He didn't have low blood pressure.He didn't faint when he saw anybody else's blood.I think it must have been an psychological/emotional problem.Maybe it's something similar with your son.

PurpleMinionMummy Fri 24-Feb-17 13:55:19

I think yabu. My dc takes at least an hour to bounce back if they pass out. I would want to pick them up.

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