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Dealing with Serious Injuries in School


Dealing with Serious Injuries in SchoolWhen my son joined his new school – we all were happy for him – but few days into the new school the enthusiasm was replaced with tantrums and his repeated requests of either to change the school or get him a sick leave. As a parent I was worried because my son, otherwise enthusiastic child, was avoiding school. However, I assured him that I will speak with his teacher and settle the matter, but for now he has to go to school. I did speak with the teacher and everything was fine until one day he came home with his upper lip swollen and his front tooth broken revealing all the roots and dried up blood.

When asked ‘how did he get injured?’ He replied that one of the kids pushed him and he felt on the cemented floor on his face. It was not just a random injury that needed first aid; it was a serious injury with implications of spoiling his permanent tooth as well! However, the school authorities were quite casual about the incident and gave a sorry card made by the kid to my son! That’s when I decided that as a parent it is my duty to keep my child safe even during and immediately after the school hours. So this is what I did do and hopefully this will help other parents as well.

Keep the communication lines open: This is the time when your kid might not want to go to school and will further try to avoid his school, so speak with him and tell him that it is a natural part of growing up. He may not understand immediately but your constant reassurance will ensure that he understands and accepts pain as a lesson in growing up.

Keep the bitterness out: Understand that the kid who hit your child is also a young child like your ward, so don’t get bitter about him. The other kid is probably more scared than your kid and feeling guilty because of the injury he has caused to your child.

Don’t let bad experience scar him for life: There are chances that your kid may start avoiding that particular kid in school who was responsible for his pain and injury and when you see that happening talk to your child and counsel him that he doesn’t have to avoid that kid just because the other kid caused him pain because then he is letting that one incident scar him for life. Instead tell him that he has to learn to be more alert in general and specifically in school.

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Swati Nitin Gupta is a journalist with extensive experience in writing for newspapers, tabloids, magazines and online media in India as well as Middle East. She has written on a range of topics, from human interest stories to event coverage to features on topics like fashion, beauty, women, children, travel and general health issues. As an Indian Army officer's daughter, Swati has been been exposed to the various cultures and lifestyles of different states of the country – knowledge of which she tries to incorporate in her writing. Swati also maintains her personal blogs at swatisays.wordpress.com and swati1012.wordpress.com.

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3 thoughts on “Dealing with Serious Injuries in School

  1. Ignatius Fernandez

    Swati, very good points. Needed for all parents – even those who do not have such problems now. They could happen at any time.
    Wouldn’t you like to add to the list the following point:
    Contact the school and ensure some form of communication between the school and parents, as soon as such incidents occur – Persuading them not to take such happenings lightly.
    Also, influence others in the family not to get hassled when such incidents are reported. As you rightly put it – it is part of growing up.
    By having this line of communication open with the school, parents are better prepared to deal with them, before their child reports it to them.
    Thank you again. God bless.
    http://www.ignatiusfernandez.com

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  2. Swati

    Thank you for the feedback! Coming from you this is indeed valuable and yes that is another point that can be added to the blog. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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