Am I too concerned?

Carmen - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I picked my eldest daughter up from preschool today, & as I am buckling her in she informs me that she was bitten by a little boy in her class. Not just bitten, but hard enough that it broke the skin & did a little bleeding. When I went into her classroom to get her I spoke with both teachers, neither of them mentioning the incident to me. Is it just me, but I find that to be completely unacceptable. I realize that some children misbehave by biting. But with things like H1N1, hepatitis, meningitis, & the list is endless, should I not be informed that another child bit mine. ESPECIALLY, if it was hard enough to break the skin. I don't know what this other child may or may not have. My mother (whom works in the insurance industry) tells me that could be a serious liability on the schools part should've something bad had been contracted. I don't want to march in there waging a war, but how serious should I express to them that I think this should've been handled.

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Kandi - posted on 11/10/2009

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you should certainly have a discussion w/ the teachers and to ensure you get the point accross that you are seriously upset talk to the director/principal....if this is a daycare/preschool you should be able to look in the handbook to see what the procedure is for injuries and then back up your confrontation by showing them the that part of the handbook,

Yesenia - posted on 11/10/2009

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OMG I cant even imagine if that happened to my daughter. I would be so upset, I think I would raise hell!!!

Carmen - posted on 11/10/2009

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Thank you everyone. I was starting to question myself because it was treated as no big deal. When clearly it was. Thanks for reminding me that I need to follow my motherly instincts of concern. As they have been proven to be right once again.

Kathryn - posted on 11/07/2009

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i would go in and talk to the teachers and let them know if something like this happens that you would like to be told so that you are aware of what is going on. i would do this the nicest way that you can. Most adults will understand your concern and work with you as long as you are polite and respect about it.

Richelle - posted on 11/07/2009

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not sure where in the world you are, but in Australia, it is law that parents must be informed at the end of the day of any incidents from throughout the day. I don't think you are over reacting at all. But maybe talk to them when you have cooled a little so you can speak more rationally.

MARLIES - posted on 11/06/2009

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yes, biting is a serious offence, and why did the teachers NOT report the incident to you or have it documented??? that is a major concer, my bet is they probably didn't see it happen, your child needs to learn to speak up to the teachers the moment it happens....go back to the school and confront the directress of the school and have it documented..normally school rules are if it breaks the skin the biter should be terminated, if no broken skin, 1 warning, then out....you can be sure this is probably not the first time this child has bitten, so pls be more aware esp for your own child!! good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2009

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they def should have notified you immediatly after the bite as an EMT i have taken care of human to human bites and there are tons of diseases and bacteria that can cause infection a human bite wound should be seen at the ER or by a dr to make sure it gets proper treatment and so they can check to make sure the child who bit your child is up to date on their shots and dosn't have a nasty disease they could have given you r child you yourself cannoth find that our but your dr can request that info i would def have a word with your childs school for sure!

Jeanette - posted on 11/05/2009

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I totally agree with the rest. You need to be notified if anything happens. It is their responsibility to notify you.

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They should have notified you of the incident. In the schools where I worked, we always alerted the parents when their child was bitten. We were also required to write up an incident report stating what we did to the wound. We always washed the skin with soap and water and treated it with ice. I would talk to the director of the preschool and ask why you were not notified and were the teachers even aware that this happened? Then I would ask what they did to treat it. If the teachers are clueless that it happened then I would question the lack of supervision at the center. As a parent I would find this unacceptable.

Christie - posted on 11/05/2009

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I agree with both Lindi and Susan. My son was bitten at school, but the teacher informed me. The kid bit through my son's shirt, so the skin didn't break, but it left a nasty bruise. I asked them what they did about it and a report is filed and the parents are informed and the kid is placed in timeout. But your right, with so much stuff going around these days, you never know. And human bites carry a lot of germs with them. I would also concider calling your daughter's dr and maybe have them take a look. But I agree with Susan, talk to the director, and if you don't get what you want, then pull your child out and contact the state.

Susan - posted on 11/05/2009

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i recently had the same thing happen to my son and i think that u should talk to the director of the school and see what kind of response that gets and if that dosent get one i would take my kid out and put him somewhere else. then report them to the state.

Lindi - posted on 11/05/2009

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I think you are right. They must have informed you.

If I were you, I would certainly put up a big fight. I feel that, when the children are still young, we are suppose to fight some of their battles for them!!!

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