[Parentsgroup-list] Daycare Injury

Manjari C. Miller mchatter at fas.harvard.edu
Sat Nov 15 10:18:48 EST 2008

I think it's your right to be worried. At the same time, with toddlers 
there are often unexplainable small injuries. My two year old comes home 
sometimes with little bumps or "booboos" that may or may not have an 
explanation. Kids that age do bump into things and scratch themselves 
while playing--not to mention their playmates may inflict scratches 
without even meaning to. Our daycare (PTCC) reports the more major 
injuries--ie deep scratches (from a friend); bump when he hit the floor 
hard; or a bit (the last two had no marks and I would not have known). But 
there have been times I've noticed a little mark that my son has no 
explanation for (usually he'll say "C bit me" etc if asked). If it doesn't 
bother him--which most of the time it doesn't--I let it go. Unless there 
is blood or residual pain or other more severe consequences, I would chalk 
it up to the hazards of being a toddler.

However, for your peace of mind, you could continue to ask the teachers 
each time you notice something. That's your right. And whether they think 
you're paranoid or not is irrelevant. But for what it's worth, toddlers 
don't need long fingernails to scratch themselves and leave marks (or at 
least mine doesn't).

On Sat, 15 Nov 2008, Eunha Chang wrote:

> Dear Group,
> I have a question about small injuries that occur at the daycare center.  I
> have a two-year old son, and he goes to one of the harvard-affiliated
> daycare centers.  Since he started to attend this center from September, he
> had about five incidents of scratches on his face ( big enough to notice)
> among which cases I only received only one accident report form. For other
> four cases, when I asked about the scars, the teachers either said my son
> scratched himself with his long fingernails (which were not long at all)
> or they were from another days.
> Do you usually ask teacher about these kind of small injuries? Am I being
> too paranoid about it? What are the teachers response usually? I am not
> trying to accuse the teachers, but just wanted to know what happened. I
> totally understand that kids of this age get physical, especially when they
> cannot speak.  But hearing these non-sense excuses everytime just makes me
> feel annoyed.
> Now it seems like the teachers started to think of me as one of the nasty
> moms who chases after every trivial injuries.  I am also beginning to think
> that there might have been more serious injuries-- that does not leave any
> mark on the kids' body, such as some head bumping or falling from structure
> -- that the teachers just did not report.
> Any similar experiences and any advice on how I should react in the future,
> when teachers keep saying that my son scratched himself to the point that
> there is a scar? (For the last two years, I have never seen my son does this
> at home or outside.)
> Best,
> Eun Ha
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