I can't decide if the kids are whinier or the TEACHERS are wimpier.
I get the same old stuff every day--little paper cuts, chapped lips, torn pants, scabby mosquito bites and very minor bumps and bruises. My kids are K-5, so i'm a alittle bit softer on them than i was with my middle schoolers. In middle school I had a rule that if there was no visible swelling or bruising, no ice was forthcoming. And when they did get ice, they had to sit in my clinic and listen to Mozart for no more than 10 min and NO TALKING. And c/o vomiting? If I don't see it, it didn't happen. That took care of a lot of them but i always had those kids who manipulated their teachers with complaints of nausea, headaches, and other non-quantifiable crap. And cramps or "female problems" was nearly always good for a free pass, especially with male teachers. I got so i tracked those visits and if i was getting more than one visit a month for that complaint, I made calls to parents. That usually took care of that. Only once did I uncover a legitimate problem--a girl with extremely heavy periods who showed up 4-5 days in a row. Turns out she was extremely anemic, had to be hospitalized for it.
I don't know how to get my teachers to toughen up. Most of them don't even ask the basic questions like "Did you eat breakfast? Did you go to the bathroom? Have you had ANY water today?" I have no problem with seeing kids for blood, puke, head bumps or wheezing, but come on, teachers. You can handle most of the other stuff.