One of the worst experiences I've had as a mother (aside from shots but, with the doctor, none-the-less) has to be the flouride treatment.  As a new and naive mother who only cared for the dental health of my daughter, I silently agreed when her doctor told me, since we had well water, they were going to give her a flouride treatment.  My mother's side of the family has bad teeth so I thought this would help Serenity's chances at kicking that gene's butt.  The nurse came in and asked Serenity if she could brush her teeth.  Normally having no problem with, in fact LOVING this routine, she clamped her lips shut.  She must have sensed how different this experience would be than it was at home with mommy on the other end of the toothbrush.  The nurse explained that she would have to get someone to help her.  Her "helper" held my daughter down and stuffed a foam square between her teeth while the nurse swabbed the inside of her mouth with a mustard colored, gritty substance.  Obviously, Serenity was screaming and turning red but a second "helper" had come in to "help".  At the same moment, she started gurgling and turning purple.  As I pushed the first "helper" out of the way, to get my daughter the hell out of there, the second "helper" grabbed me from behind.  With my elbow in her ribs, she was "helpless".  (Couldn't resist that pun)  So, while I was shoving my way out the door of the room, the nurse had the audacity to yell at my back, "Don't let her eat or drink anything for an hour!"

Serenity cried and gagged and spit after we got in the car.  She was still purple with the yellow and white crust that crap left around her mouth.  She had bitten her tongue, had both dried and wet tears down her face and in her ears.  The poor child choked down 20 ounces of apple juice on the ride home.  I asked my mother to stay with her while I went back to the doctor's office but, knowing it would only make things worse, She refused.  Needless to say, we haven't been back and help to steer fellow parents away from that particular pediatrician's office.

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Comax
Feb. 3, 2008 at 2:13 AM I would file an official complaint once I was calmer.  You don't want to come across as an hysterical mother, you want to be calm and nail them to the wall!  My first dentist was a quack.  He literally drugged me with adult doses of medicine so that I was unconscious in the chair, so I know you have to be very careful about who treats your child.  Good luck and I hope your daughter is feeling better.

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mama4ver
Feb. 3, 2008 at 2:17 AM I wasn't aware that pediatricians did flouride treatments. I thought these were only done by a Dentist. No matter I would be raising some serious hell with that Doctor. I do hope your little one is ok.

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Lb128f
Feb. 3, 2008 at 2:21 AM I'm so sorry this happened...you had no way of knowing...and you did the right thing in leaving.

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Jones...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 9:29 AM I have several issues with this. First , being in the dental field, I am wondering what the heck a pediatrician is doing  providing fluoride treatments. They have very little training in the dental area of medicine. Second, they obviously do not know the dynamics of fluoride lacking in water or they would be giving supplement and not topical. There is a long story to that one that I'll spare you for now unless you have questions and then I'll be glad to answer any of them. Third, this is not the way topical fluoride should be administered, and never forcefully Finally, fluoride is only active for about 30 minutes not. one hour. There is so much information I could give you here but  I'll spare you my soap box. I question all of it so if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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Annaido
Feb. 7, 2008 at 9:05 PM OMG, girl!  I'd have done the very same thing.  How is she now?  I hope swallowing the fluoride didn't make her ill to her stomach.  I was thinking what the others were thinking...what is a pediatrician administering this sort of treatment, anyway??

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fairy...
Apr. 30, 2008 at 11:03 PM I would  have done the same thing. my last doctors appointment with Mckenzie was horrible. they gave her the 6 month shot and her doctor wanted her to have a flu shot. I said no because she had a cough and i knew that if you even suspect you have a cold you should not get it. well the doctor suckered me into it making feel that if she didnt get it, i would just be a horrible parent. Well the next day was fine little cough but nothing to worry about. the say after that i found myself in the ER with her. the flu shot brought on the croup, and an upper respiratory infection. needless to say i made a phone call and explained why she would not be back for a 2nd flu shot.

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