When do you take your kids to the dr? (Sorry for the ranting)
OK, when was growing up, if you missed a day of school, you went to the dr. to see what is wrong, get a note and medicine. I understand not everyone believe's this but if you are going to miss school, you need to have a good reason and make sure not to miss any more time than necessary.
However, in the past 4 years, my stepdaugher's mother has only taken her to the doctor 2 or 3 times. In these 4 years she has missed almost 35-40 days of school!!! Her mother will keep her home from school for anything-a headache, a runny nose, a fever, a cough, stomach ache,etc. She will keep her child home from school for 2 or 3 days a week and still not take her to the doctor. There have even been times where we get her and take her to the doctors and they say she needs to stay home an additional day because she needs to get the medicine in her before she can go back. Therefore, she missed the days she decided to keep her home without taking her to the doctor and then another day after we take her to get medicine from the doctor.
Now, she goes to her mother's for a few days and starts feeling ill. Her mother, having just had the flu, thinks it is the flu but does not take her to the doctors for 3 days. Her daughter has to suffer for 3 days with the flu before she takes her to the doctors. Then the doctor determines she does indeed have the flu and can not return to school for some time. Now, she has missed another 5 days of school!!
This is getting a bit rediculous that the child has to suffer feeling sick, and her grades have to suffer. When do you feel like it is important to take a child to the doctors or for a child to miss school? What could be done about this behavior to help the child from continually suffering.