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Screamer1 Wed 05-Jul-17 13:26:36

Any advice. A nursery worker stepped on my baby's arm this morning. I was there. She got up quickly and didn't see my ds behind her. Arm really red and swollen but I think she's fine.

Obviously it was a mistake, but I was just wondering something. Her shoes were very hard soled trainers. With no give. Other members of staff were wearing much softer sold shoes like school gym shoes. The hardness of the shoes definitely made it worse.

Do you think I should mention that maybe it's a good idea that staff try and wear softer soled shoes or Aibu?

CaveMum Wed 05-Jul-17 13:33:16

I'd definitely want to speak to the room leader/nursery manager but I'd phrase it more as a "what steps will you take to prevent this happening again" way. Then you can make a suggestion if you want to.

FYI at my DD's nursery the staff wear slippers when inside.

Hope your DS is ok.

Screamer1 Wed 05-Jul-17 13:34:36

That's really good advice. Thank you so much.

I'm not very assertive so I find it difficult to raise things like this. Really interesting what you say about slippers.

DragonsandDungeons Wed 05-Jul-17 13:37:26

My son's nursery has a no shoes inside thing, adults take them off at the Door.

Screamer1 Wed 05-Jul-17 13:38:34

How do you think I should approach it with the manager?

heyduggeeallday Wed 05-Jul-17 13:39:56

Yeah when I worked in a baby room we wore slippers. Hope your baby is ok

GreatFuckability Wed 05-Jul-17 13:43:13

I think it was an accident, and shoes wouldn't have made a huge difference really. I wouldn't say anything.

SnotGoblin Wed 05-Jul-17 13:43:46

Hmm most baby rooms I've seen/experienced require shoes off as there are crawlers on the floor. Not to stay that being trodden on with bare feet wouldn't have hurt but it might have been slightly better.

Screamer1 Wed 05-Jul-17 13:46:13

Yeah it was obviously an accident which is why I'm not sure whether to say anything. It's just it definitely felt like the hard soles made it worse. He had an imprint on his arm.

Clearly would still have been bad without shoes, but possibly slightly less bad?

fuzzyfozzy Wed 05-Jul-17 13:49:30

I'd expect that it be recorded in the accident book and that you receive a copy.
They should the risk assess to see if they need to change their staff shoe policy.

Screamer1 Wed 05-Jul-17 13:55:51

Ok thanks all. I'll ask if there's an accident form for me to sign and see what follows from there.

Goingtobeawesome Wed 05-Jul-17 13:57:34

I'd want it officially noted so if he developed an issue with his arm you wouldn't be accused of abuse tbh. You should mention it and suggest preventative measures. It could have been his head.

Floggingmolly Wed 05-Jul-17 14:00:40

How weird to step back without looking in a room full of crawling / sitting babies shock. Of course it was an accident, but one I wouldn't really expect in the circumstances...

midsummabreak Wed 05-Jul-17 14:02:05

If swollen do get it checked out

Screamer1 Wed 05-Jul-17 14:02:09

Quite flogging. I said the same to DH. Hard to know if I'm being too precious.

LTBiscuit Wed 05-Jul-17 14:02:54

Most nursery workers wear slippers indoors now a days, more for cross infection prevention reasons though

TheLittleShirt Wed 05-Jul-17 14:07:06

I am sure it was an accident, but I will add that all nurseries that I have worked in( several as I was a bank NN with agency) staff had to wear slippers or just socks in under 2's room.

GeekyWombat Wed 05-Jul-17 14:08:49

Another nursery here with no shoes at all for grownups, just socks.

HeyRoly Wed 05-Jul-17 14:09:10

It definitely needs to be recorded as an accident.

If the arm is red and swollen I'd get it checked out too.

paxillin Wed 05-Jul-17 14:09:34

Ours wore socks only.

brummiesue Wed 05-Jul-17 14:10:49

Definitely have a word about the shoes indoors, both the nurseries my children have used only wear slippers

HeyRoly Wed 05-Jul-17 14:13:45

You're not being too precious. Someone trod on your baby with heavy shoes on. Accidents do happen but that was preventable on two counts.

Redsippycup Wed 05-Jul-17 14:20:41

The nursery my DD is about to start is no outdoor shoes in the under 2 room for hygiene reasons (kids licking toys on the floor, or in DDs case licking the floor...) some of the staff wear soft slippers, some just socks. I would be pretty unimpressed at shoes for that reason, without an accident tbh.

Even if they are her 'indoor trainers' I agree that hard soles would have made it worse. Also with soft shoes/socks she would have felt his arm there and not put her weight on it like that. It must have been a lot of weight to leave an imprint of the tread.

I would pop along to the doctors just so they can have a look and make sure its all ok. Especially as it's probably going to have an awful bruise and you might get asked awkward questions. Proving you have already had him seen will help to reassure HVs etc.

I would be very very cross.

category12 Wed 05-Jul-17 14:27:37

It's worth bringing up as with thinner soft soles/socks, the wearer would feel there's something underfoot more easily and be able to react by not putting more weight down/lifting up again faster.

MissionItsPossible Wed 05-Jul-17 14:31:08

Quite flogging. I said the same to DH. Hard to know if I'm being too precious.

No you're not. Being trod on by an adult as an adult would hurt let alone a baby. It was of course a sad accident though. What other people said about the slippers is a good idea. I think for the safety of the children be more assertive and bring it up but if you feel you can't, do it as a couple or write a letter or email them.

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