First, let me say that I devote time and effort to each child that comes in my office. BUT, I will flat out tell the students, whom I see daily for random reasons, that they are coming to the clinic too often.
I see numerous 4th and 5th graders for the most random stuff.
"My arm hurts" (no known injury, no visible swelling, moves extremity well)
"I bumped into the door and my shoulder hurts now" (no visible injury, moves extremity well)
"I have a scab on my ear"
"Can I have water?" (um, you passed two water fountains on the way to my office)
"My ear feels cold"
I just feel like children don't know the difference in "discomfort" and "pain". I often ask what would their mom do if they were at home and they look at me like I have two heads. I will continue to document every office visit, but I would love to know what to say to these 9-10 year old children who act like the world is ending 24/7.