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by Anna Flaxis Anna Flaxis (Member)

Anna Flaxis works as a Registered Nurse.

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....if your child has a painful condition and is hurting, why, when I offer ibuprofen, do you say "No"? I don't get it...

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akulahawkRN has 3 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Emergency Department RN.

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Might be a "one for you, one for me..." thing with "something" stronger. Just guessing though and I have no proof...

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That is just wrong & cruel for a parent to deny pain relief for their child.

Was the MD made aware? Was it the ibuprofen, itself? Maybe the mother wanted Tylenol for the child.

Were other interventions suggested, for pain relief?

If parent refused all types of pain relief for her child. I would be letting MD & NM a call to CPS, maybe needed.

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What did she say when you asked her about her reasoning?

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Anna Flaxis works as a Registered Nurse.

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What did she say when you asked her about her reasoning?

"She" didn't believe the child was in enough pain to warrant giving an unnatural substance.

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BlackBettyRN,OCN has 4 years experience.

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"She" didn't believe the child was in enough pain to warrant giving an unnatural substance.

Yet she brought her child to the ER?

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akulahawkRN has 3 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Emergency Department RN.

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"She" didn't believe the child was in enough pain to warrant giving an unnatural substance.

Yet she brought her child to the ER?

Things become more clear... Well, perhaps "she" brought the kid in for a diagnosis so "she" could take the kid to the local shaman for natural pain relief.

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Anna Flaxis works as a Registered Nurse.

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I work in an area where there is a high percentage of the population that eschews Western medicine in favor of homeopathics and/or herbalism. I don't have an issue with either of those things per se, but it is somewhat puzzling when such a person comes to the ER and then doesn't want what we have to offer. I mean, what were you expecting?

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Sassy5d has 11 years experience and works as a RN.

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I'm puzzled why we hand out narcs to adults for a lil stubbed toe but giving a child an appropriate opiate dose seems like a crime.

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Infection Preventionist/Nurse Epidemiologist.

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I mean, what were you expecting?

Magic! Duh. ;)

No seriously, I don't get it either. Every parent who has medicated their child for pain or fever gets my thanks in triage. I don't need to "see" the fever or your kid in pain! I will write down what you describe in terms of temperature or pain at home.

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PedsED-RN works as a Pediatric ED RN.

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I always hate when parent say "No, I didn't want to give anything so you could see (how high the fever is, how much pain,etc). I make sure to say next time, definitely help them feel more comfortable, we will take your word for it!

a week or so ago we had an unvaxed kiddo brought in for fever, around 4 yrs old. Parents wouldn't let us give anything, and signed out LWBS due to wait(we were pretty busy, but I believe they were still less than an hour siince arrival.). Why did you come to the ER? We were a little more concerned due to being unvaccinated, though the kid looked fine. Sometimes I really wonder what people really expect? Smh

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ChristineN works as a RN.

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I always hate when parent say "No, I didn't want to give anything so you could see (how high the fever is, how much pain,etc). I make sure to say next time, definitely help them feel more comfortable, we will take your word for it!

a week or so ago we had an unvaxed kiddo brought in for fever, around 4 yrs old. Parents wouldn't let us give anything, and signed out LWBS due to wait(we were pretty busy, but I believe they were still less than an hour siince arrival.). Why did you come to the ER? We were a little more concerned due to being unvaccinated, though the kid looked fine. Sometimes I really wonder what people really expect? Smh

What amazes me is when grown adults come in that didn't take anything for fever or pain.

I had one lady tell me she didn't take anything cause she was worried about interactions with all of her diabetes and HTN meds. I told her next time just take that Tylenol

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