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  • What was the Most Serious Injury You Ever Had to Deal With?

    The worst I've had to deal with so far, was a bad bloody nose. DKB 3yr old was crawling up the stairs, he somehow missed a step and hit his nose on the ground
    I didn't think he was ever going to stop bleeding

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    So far, just a tooth in the lip and a cut on the outside of the lip, so I thought the tooth went all the way through the lip but it hadn't. I've only been in operation for five years, so there's time for something much more traumatic. . .

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    • #3
      I had a 2.5 year old get too curious and pull on my cuckoo clock. It came crashing down on his head and he ended up needing stitches. He's now 5 and healed but my cuckoo clock is still boxed up. Hopefully we can get it repaired this summer.
      ​​​​​​He and his parents were my favorite family ever.
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      • #4
        In daycare, splinters, hornet stings and the occasional Monday diaper rash about sum it up. In my other job, I've seen some things.....

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        • #5
          The worst injury was an incident between siblings ages 1 and 3. The 3 year old yanked her sister off a chair and dislocated her elbow. Luckily it was very close to pick up time. The 3 year old was very articulate and was able to explain what she had done to her sister. It did require a trip to Urgent care to pop her elbow back into place.

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          • #6
            I almost hesitate to reply - I don't want to jinx myself! So far, only a split lip, bee sting and the normal bumps and bruises here and there that come with kids playing. Not an injury but one of the scariest things for me was when one of the kids dropped her sippy cup of milk onto the table and a couple of drops of the milk sprayed out of the spout and on to another child across the table who had a milk allergy. One of the droplets went into her eye and she had an immediate reaction. I followed her action plan and, for the most part, the reaction resolved quickly but it was scary to see how fast and severely she reacted to that small droplet. Up until that day, I had cared for dcg for 4 years without incident. It was her last day with me before she started school and while I hated the thought of losing her, I was a little relieved not to have to worry about her allergies any more. I was also feeling pretty good that she had never had a reaction on my watch. Yeah....

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            • Gemma
              Gemma commented
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              Allergies are a scary thing! I've only had two kids allergic to peanut so far and I'm so paranoid , I don't serve peanut butter, but I'm afraid parents do before drop off and kids might drool ...

            • CeriBear
              CeriBear commented
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              Severe allergies are scary. A couple of years ago I had a little girl who was severely allergic to eggs. She had an epi pen in our cabinet because her reaction to injesting eggs was potentially anaphylactic. I always made sure to seat her at a table with a child I trusted not to throw eggs on her plate. I’ve had several kids with severe nut allergies but we are a nut free center.

          • #7
            I once had a boy fall from the slide and get a bloody nose and a cut lip. It actually looked worse than it actually was.

            A girl smacked her hand against the side of a wood shed and ended up with several huge splinters in her hand. Ouch!

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            • #8
              Had a child trip and break a wrist 6 feet from me. The grossest was a child face planted and broke out a couple teeth/ cut lip. He bleed like crazy

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              • #9
                My own child had an injury that required surgery and several physical therapy visits. He broke his hand and had bones literally sticking out of his skin. It required emergency surgery where he got two pins placed in his hand and then had to have several visits with the physical therapist to re-learn how to use that hand. In an odd way, I was glad it was my child that got hurt and not the other child he was playing with. I know that sounds odd but I think most providers understand where I am coming from.

                As for other children and injuries, I had a little boy that fell out of the Little Tikes castle turret the last Friday of the summer (he started Kindy that next week) and broke his arm.
                He didn't cry and it wasn't a huge traumatic ordeal at all. He actually thought he was kind of cool going to Kindy the first day with a neon yellow cast on his arm. His parents were awesome about it because he was the type of kid that got hurt alot as he was really physically active from day one.

                I haven't had too many injuries these last few years as I've sucked all the fun out of everything lately being overly cautious and worried about liability.

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                • #10
                  So far with my daycare and own kids I've been very lucky and it's just been scrapes and bruises.

                  But back when I worked McDonald's....

                  Had a women put two fingers in the fryer, only way she would go to doctor was I told hetossed had no choice. (In Canada here where she was covered for it workplace injury or not)

                  Had a customer who had a stroke and almost died in our parking lot we had to call 911 and provide first aid to prevent choking on own vomit.

                  Had sprains, pulled mussels , small burns etc..... myself and staff

                  Had a bad electrical burn, if I had not droped plug I would have fried myself instead of just melting plug and wall outlet. Thankfully I heard a weird sound droped plug because I only ended up with two fingers that had a bit of black on them.

                  Had a women pass out, paramedics called. Customers where like where are my fries, we where like you can see that we have a body down and paramedics checking her out in front of fry station. (Women was OK passed out due to pregnancy)




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                  • #11
                    1. Knocked out tooth- chronic runner meets cement step.
                    2. Hairline fracture of a leg bone- jumping off climber.

                    Then my own kid: 3 emergency room visits for head stitches/glue. The funnest with him was the time he got his head stuck between stair banisters. After 1/2 hour of trying to maneuver him out, I was ready to call the fire department to saw off my stair banisters when his sister pushed his little 2 year old body all the way through. Still don't know how he fit!

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Blackcat31 View Post
                      I've sucked all the fun out of everything lately being overly cautious and worried about liability.
                      Sometime I feel that's what I do, so that's why I no longer keep kids until SA , the minute I realize a kid should have more freedom, I talk with the parents and ask that they find a more appropriate environment for their child.

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                      • #13
                        Years ago, my cousin's son cut his head on a table after a fall which was band-aid-glued together...not huge but glad it was a kin folk instead of another client. Similar to BC, not much left in the way of fun anymore.....kinda won't everyone in face-view doing very little activity......what kind of fun is that? but it is what it is

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                        • #14
                          [QUOTE=Blackcat31;n347]My own child had an injury that required surgery and several physical therapy visits. He broke his hand and had bones literally sticking out of his skin. It required emergency surgery where he got two pins placed in his hand and then had to have several visits with the physical therapist to re-learn how to use that hand. In an odd way, I was glad it was my child that got hurt and not the other child he was playing with. I know that sounds odd but I think most providers understand where I am coming from.

                          As for other children and injuries, I had a little boy that fell out of the Little Tikes castle turret the last Friday of the summer (he started Kindy that next week) and broke his arm.
                          He didn't cry and it wasn't a huge traumatic ordeal at all. He actually thought he was kind of cool going to Kindy the first day with a neon yellow cast on his arm. His parents were awesome about it because he was the type of kid that got hurt alot as he was really physically active from day one.

                          I haven't had too many injuries these last few years as I've sucked all the fun out of everything lately being overly cautious and worried about

                          When my own son was 4 he fell head first onto the kitchen floor. He cried for a minute but in general just seemed miserable and didn't want to do much of anything after. There was no visible bump or anything so I chalked up his grumpiness to being tired as it was evening time. I bathed him, put him to bed where he proceeded to vomit. Alarm bells went off and I took him to our local hospital where again he vomited in triage. He was immediately taken for a CT scan and there it was, a subdural hematoma caused by a skull fracture from hitting the floor head first. We were rushed by ambulance to a Children's hospital. My son started to go down hill from here, vitals dropping. He went into surgery where they did a craniotomy. Surgery took 4 hours because when they opened his skull he was still actively bleeding. The neurosurgeon said if we had not brought him to the hospital, if he had just went to bed that night he would have passed away in his sleep. Luckily for us he threw up at bedtime. He recovered ok from surgery but had to be on seizure medication for awhile as blood is extremely irritating to the brain. He was also "salt wasting" another seizure trigger but common following trauma to the brain. He is now 16 and just got accepted into the National Honor Society. He's an avid runner and a wonderful kid. I am traumatized to this day with the "what if" scenario.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Valerie928 View Post
                            When my own son was 4 he fell head first onto the kitchen floor. He cried for a minute but in general just seemed miserable and didn't want to do much of anything after. There was no visible bump or anything so I chalked up his grumpiness to being tired as it was evening time. I bathed him, put him to bed where he proceeded to vomit. Alarm bells went off and I took him to our local hospital where again he vomited in triage. He was immediately taken for a CT scan and there it was, a subdural hematoma caused by a skull fracture from hitting the floor head first. We were rushed by ambulance to a Children's hospital. My son started to go down hill from here, vitals dropping. He went into surgery where they did a craniotomy. Surgery took 4 hours because when they opened his skull he was still actively bleeding. The neurosurgeon said if we had not brought him to the hospital, if he had just went to bed that night he would have passed away in his sleep. Luckily for us he threw up at bedtime. He recovered ok from surgery but had to be on seizure medication for awhile as blood is extremely irritating to the brain. He was also "salt wasting" another seizure trigger but common following trauma to the brain. He is now 16 and just got accepted into the National Honor Society. He's an avid runner and a wonderful kid. I am traumatized to this day with the "what if" scenario.
                            I'm glad everything turned out fine, that must've been so scary for you

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