Hello everyone! First, I want to say thank you for just listening to this - I need some major advice (partly to get a grip!). My DS is 4 1/2 and goes to all day Pre-K. His teacher recently sent home a note and packet of info that says that he is having "staring episodes" in the morning and she recommends he be checked out by a pediatrician for petit mal seizures. We (my DH and I) are appalled - this is the first we have heard of any problem at all, we have never witnessed any abnormal "staring" - only regular preschooler-being-tired kinds of issues. When we called the pediatrician, the behavioral specialist said that they wouldn't see him because of his age and the lack of other symptoms - but the preschool is now giving us daily reports of when he is doing it and how and even brought in another teacher just to "observe" the staring!!! Anyone else gone through anything similar? What would you other parents do? Tell the school to stop this bc our peds office doesnt think its an issue? Any thoughts? Thanks!
If your doctor won't see him, I would find another doctor that would. Even if I really didn't think it was anything, I wouldn't be able to rest easy until I had a medical opinion telling me one way or another.
I agree. I am a special ed teacher and I have had students with petit mal seizures. They are a hard to call to make because most people don't realize they are seizures - they think the kids are just spacing out. I would at least make an appointment with your actual doctor and bring all of the stuff the school is sending home to you - this is good documentation so you can give your doctor a better idea of what is going on. If your doc still won't pursue it then I would get a second opinion.
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I would not tell the school to "stop this" based on a brief phone conversation with the peditrician's office. They are concerned and therefore doing what they feel is in the best interest of your child. Instead of being appalled try supporting their efforts and investigating these issues a bit further. Make an appointment, bring in their reports and move on from there. if your doctor won't even see him then I would find one who would.
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