Munchausen on the increase? - page 2

It is my observation that many parents strongly advocate for their children to the point of excluding the rights of the rest of the students. I would love to hear from experienced school nurses if... Read More

  1. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    It is my observation that many parents strongly advocate for their children to the point of excluding the rights of the rest of the students. I would love to hear from experienced school nurses if this has always been or is this relatively new? We just had a parent demand the school go peanut free despite talking to the student's allergist stating we did not have to do that. Had another demand her child needs special consideration for PE on a week by week basis dependent on the child's decision, a student who plays basketball and softball after school. A student who has refused PE in school and goes to her after school sports? Parents are condoning this. I am sure my coworkers here have more stories than this, as I only have 90 families. AN administrators, please don't put this on FB. Thanks
    It has always existed in some way or form. A kid with a dx that needs a 504 plan, extra books at home, elevator use, blah blah, but has medical clearance to play a varsity level sport! I truly feel the 504 plan was developed by mom so she could trip us up and sue us. She went to OCR more than once. With no finding I might add!!! Said child is now the guest of the state in a correctional facility...so take from that what you will
  2. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Quote from Apples&Oranges
    Did I miss something? What does this child/parent snowflake phenomenon have to do with Munchausen Syndrome? Self directed or by proxy?
    I would argue that it does fit the Munchausen definition. These parents get an emotional reaction from their "advocacy" and make the child more "disabled" than they truly are. I can bet you this mother has taken her opinion to FB to get even more "positive vibes" from people who will agree with her and think we are unreasonable by not protracting the rights of other students, some of which only eat PBJ sandwiches every day.
  3. by   Farawyn
    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    I struggle with the peanut free area, especially in HS!!!! Theyarethisclose to being out in the real world and there are way less limited protections in place. First time in over 20 years I have needed areas to be labeled nut free.
    This. THIS is my issue. I had a parent raving because their child was in the same room as someone who was drinking a hazelnut coffee.
  4. by   Farawyn
    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    I would argue that it does fit the Munchausen definition. These parents get an emotional reaction from their "advocacy" and make the child more "disabled" than they truly are. I can bet you this mother has taken her opinion to FB to get even more "positive vibes" from people who will agree with her and think we are unreasonable by not protracting the rights of other students, some of which only eat PBJ sandwiches every day.
    Munchausen is very hard to diagnose.
    Let's just call the parents effing crazy.
  5. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Quote from Farawyn
    Munchausen is very hard to diagnose.
    Let's just call the parents effing crazy.
    I thought the two were synonymist.
  6. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from Farawyn
    This. THIS is my issue. I had a parent raving because their child was in the same room as someone who was drinking a hazelnut coffee.
    Aye, yay yay!
  7. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Quote from Farawyn
    This. THIS is my issue. I had a parent raving because their child was in the same room as someone who was drinking a hazelnut coffee.
    Everyone knows that nut allergies are airborne. The real logistics and legalities of nut-free extend the school's responsibility to the student's homes. The school has to assume any home made food is prepared in a nut free environment. This is an extremely deep worm hole that may end up in a black hole of culpability.
  8. by   Farawyn
    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    Everyone knows that nut allergies are airborne. The real logistics and legalities of nut-free extend the school's responsibility to the student's homes. The school has to assume any home made food is prepared in a nut free environment. This is an extremely deep worm hole that may end up in a black hole of culpability.
    We are trying to go as peanut free as possible, but things are impossible across the board.
  9. by   OldDude
    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    I would argue that it does fit the Munchausen definition. These parents get an emotional reaction from their "advocacy" and make the child more "disabled" than they truly are. I can bet you this mother has taken her opinion to FB to get even more "positive vibes" from people who will agree with her and think we are unreasonable by not protracting the rights of other students, some of which only eat PBJ sandwiches every day.
    Facebook...for example, "Need prayers, at the emergency room with LD"
  10. by   OldDude
    Quote from Farawyn
    We are trying to go as peanut free as possible, but things are impossible across the board.
    Peanut free is not possible to attain so the best plan is to realize peanut products will be on campus and plan on managing the environment of what you know versus trying to manage an environment of what you don't know.
  11. by   lifelearningrn
    The more things they can find wrong with their children, the higher the chance of getting a SSI check for them. It's sad, but I'm seeing this happen quite a bit.
  12. by   OldDude
    Quote from lifelearningrn
    The more things they can find wrong with their children, the higher the chance of getting a SSI check for them. It's sad, but I'm seeing this happen quite a bit.
    This is too on the rise. I get many more SS requests for records now than I did 10 years ago. I often wonder how this affects these kid's future when they graduate and seek careers or other employment and carry this "disabled" status with them? I wonder if it disqualifies them from some professions?
  13. by   SchoolNurseTXstyle
    Quote from Farawyn
    This. THIS is my issue. I had a parent raving because their child was in the same room as someone who was drinking a hazelnut coffee.
    I bet same kid has been at the mall with somebody drinking a hazelnut coffee in the vicinity. Did they sue the mall??? Did they even realize or care?

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