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Why would a teacher contradict a physician's advice?


Last year my child (16 years of age) was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency. His physician instructed me to get him outside for at least twenty minutes a day for sunshine and without sunscreen in order to get his vitamin D built back up. However, one of his teachers, when she heard of this, told me that sending a child outside without sun screen was tantamount to abuse. I chose to follow the doctor's orders and my son recuperated from his deficiency. I didn't hear anything else from the worried teacher, however I have to wonder why a teacher would even think to contradict a doctor's advice?

 

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 2 years ago

    Thanks Manaitita44, and you're right about second opinions - sometimes they need to be sought out. Fortunately, with my son, we could see improvement in just a few days of following the doctor's advice, so had no reason to question it.


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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 2 years ago

    Kevin, I hadn't thought of that before but you could be right.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 2 years ago

    Thank you teaches12345. I don't know if they did or not; at the time I was too concerned about my son to report it.

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 2 years ago

    Very reasonable, bjspivey-rivers, and thank you for commenting!

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    Beth Perry (bethperry) 2 years ago

    Lois,I think it was her words that shocked me the most. I am glad when teachers are concerned about the welfare of their students, but to suggest following a doctor's treatment is child abuse does seem reactionary. Thanks for your input!


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