Parents keep medicating their febrile kids in the morning

  1. This is getting ridiculous. I have sent home several kids this week with fevers who are medicated early in the morning and then when it wears off, they spike a temp. I know this because they always say "my mom gave me medicine this morning". So they have spent hours in the classroom contagious, possibly infecting other students. It takes all I have to not be completely inappropriate with these parents and ask them why they would risk the health and safety of other kids. And these same parents I am sure would be furious if their kid contracted flu from a kid who came to school contagious.

    The current K student in my office has a temp of 102. She tells me "My mommy took my temperature this morning and said I have a fever and gave me red medicine to make it go away". This is a student who is missing her boosters for MMR, Varicella, Polio and DTaP because mom, who is a pharmacy tech by the way, claims they "no longer immunize because of our religion". Drives me NUTS. And now mom is not answering the phone because I am sure she knows I am calling to come get her sick kid. Grrrrrrrrr. OK, rant over.
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  3. by   Flare
    oh, no... i let them have it. If you knowingly send your child in sick, it is not an excused absence. Then i DO give the guilt trip by saying to them that " you would not want your child sitting next to a child that had a high fever but was sent in on motrin." Occasionally you can hear the heads popping right out of their bums
  4. by   kidzcare
    Quote from Flare
    Occasionally you can hear the heads popping right out of their bums
    Awesome visual! thanks!
  5. by   Farawyn
    Quote from Flare
    oh, no... i let them have it. If you knowingly send your child in sick, it is not an excused absence. Then i DO give the guilt trip by saying to them that " you would not want your child sitting next to a child that had a high fever but was sent in on motrin." Occasionally you can hear the heads popping right out of their bums
    Balls of Steel.
  6. by   BeckyESRN
    Quote from Flare
    Occasionally you can hear the heads popping right out of their bums
    OMG! That's a great visual!
  7. by   MHDNURSE
    Update:

    I called mom twice, no answer so I call dad.

    Me: Good morning, Mr. X, this is the school nurse from XYZ Academy
    Dad: What's that?
    Me: Um, the school that your child attends
    Dad: Oh, ok.
    Me: Your daughter has a fever and her mother is not answering her phone. Can you please come pick her up?
    Dad: Well, I am kind of in the middle of something
    Me: Well, are you able to reach Mom, because someone needs to come get your daughter and she isn't answering my calls.
    Dad: I will see what I can do (hangs up)

    15 minutes later...my phone rings

    Mom: HI, I am X's mother. Did someone call me? (Yes, she really asked me that)
    Me: Yes, good morning, this is Nurse C. from XYZ Academy (which by the way I said when I answered my phone) your daughter has a fever and needs to be picked up. Also, I wanted to let you know she mentioned you took her temperature this morning and she had a fever and was given Tylenol.
    Mom: Um, OK
    Me: Just to make sure we are on the same page, any student who has a temperature over 100.4 needs to stay home from school and is not allowed to return until their temperature returns to normal, without giving Motrin or Tylenol.
    Mom: Yes, but she didn't actually have a fever this morning, she just said she felt hot and didn't feel well so I gave her medicine.
    Me: Did you take her temperature?
    Mom: Yes
    Me: What was it?
    Mom: (quiet for a few seconds) Around 101 or something
    Me: That is more than 100.4 therefore she had a fever this morning.
    Mom: OK, I will come get her


    I cannot make this stuff up!!!!
  8. by   Flare
    Quote from Farawyn
    Balls of Steel.
    oh, but i put on my sweetest voice when i give that lecture. If i were in the South i think i'd say "Bless your heart" to punctuate it.
  9. by   Farawyn
    Quote from MHDNURSE
    Update:

    I called mom twice, no answer so I call dad.

    Me: Good morning, Mr. X, this is the school nurse from XYZ Academy
    Dad: What's that?
    Me: Um, the school that your child attends
    Dad: Oh, ok.
    Me: Your daughter has a fever and her mother is not answering her phone. Can you please come pick her up?
    Dad: Well, I am kind of in the middle of something
    Me: Well, are you able to reach Mom, because someone needs to come get your daughter and she isn't answering my calls.
    Dad: I will see what I can do (hangs up)

    15 minutes later...my phone rings

    Mom: HI, I am X's mother. Did someone call me? (Yes, she really asked me that)
    Me: Yes, good morning, this is Nurse C. from XYZ Academy (which by the way I said when I answered my phone) your daughter has a fever and needs to be picked up. Also, I wanted to let you know she mentioned you took her temperature this morning and she had a fever and was given Tylenol.
    Mom: Um, OK
    Me: Just to make sure we are on the same page, any student who has a temperature over 100.4 needs to stay home from school and is not allowed to return until their temperature returns to normal, without giving Motrin or Tylenol.
    Mom: Yes, but she didn't actually have a fever this morning, she just said she felt hot and didn't feel well so I gave her medicine.
    Me: Did you take her temperature?
    Mom: Yes
    Me: What was it?
    Mom: (quiet for a few seconds) Around 101 or something
    Me: That is more than 100.4 therefore she had a fever this morning.
    Mom: OK, I will come get her


    I cannot make this stuff up!!!!
    Quote from Flare
    oh, but i put on my sweetest voice when i give that lecture. If i were in the South i think i'd say "Bless your heart" to punctuate it.
    Very impressed with you both.
  10. by   scuba nurse
    YUP! Every single day I go thru this!!
    It is so frustrating!!
  11. by   nmr79
    Infuriating!
  12. by   Beth1978
    The confusing part about this situation is the fact that a child can get dangerously ill very quickly, and they tank even faster. Why aren't these parents concerned that the child will develop a secondary infection like pneumonia that could kill their child? And who is so rude and entitled that they think it's okay to expose everyone else's children? School is not daycare, a child is there to learn. That is impossible if they are ill.
  13. by   AutumnDraidean
    I so feel you...

    Thank FSM we are going into a break, I sure hope this school is scrubbed to within an inch of every finish...
  14. by   NurseSpeedy
    Quote from Flare
    oh, but i put on my sweetest voice when i give that lecture. If i were in the South i think i'd say "Bless your heart" to punctuate it.
    I was told a southern joke by a nursing friend a few years ago and I still remember the phrase and it's sarcastic meaning. After hearing about the Tylenol dosing I would have had a hard time not responding, "Why, How nice?!" Did that right after hearing her joke several years ago when our boss's boss was standing over my computer giving me a new pet project to do, spelling out exactly how he wanted each thing done. I just blurted it out, didn't even catch myself. Sent her and my other coworker out in the halls hysterical. Thankfully, he didn't catch on and was completely confused.

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