Quote from akcarmean
i have a friend her dd is 12 she has depression, anxiety, asthma, severe allergies, & add. yesterday at school she passed out and was unresponsive for 45min. her dr. and the school nurse told the mom that she was just faking it for attention. the child has bruises on her coratid artery and her chest (somewhere mom didn't specify) from trying to get a pulse and make sure she was still breathing.
what is your opinion can a child fake being unresponsive? she does not bruise easily so they had to be pressing fairly hard to leave a bruise. could a child with stand that kind of pressure and have no response?
the child is going to have a brain scan done on monday.
i am just courious to get some other nurses opinions in this matter. i would greatly appreciate it.
i can't fathom a child of 12 being capable of "faking" unconsciousness for 5 minutes, let alone 45! please understand i am not trying to be flip with this next comment: if she truly has adhd, how could she possibly remain "focused" on not moving, blinking, giggling, etc. for that length of time?
how was she cared for during this time? was ems called, as they should have been? was she assessed by the nurse, paramedics, taken to the er, seen by her private pediatrician? how did she respond to verbal commands, handling, painful stimuli? was there any evidence of seizure activity? exposure to allergans or toxic substances? were any studies done? what was her blood sugar? how about a tox screen? has she recently been ill, or started on a new medication? has she been upset (emotionally) lately. is she seeing a specialist for her mental health treatment? if so, did that doctor evaluate her?
if this were my child, and my pediatrician had such a blase attitude about this event, i would be finding a new pediatrician. this child needs a work-up.