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Giving 4yo’s syringes?!

By Mulberry - 4 September 2010 345

[First filed: Sep 3, 2010 @ 9:05]

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I am a mother of a 4yo and a 10 month old baby, and also have two step-daughters (8 and 11).

I picked the my son up from pre-school the other day with the usual “how was your day?” etc. As we were driving off he told me he would show me what he did at school today… with a quick glance in my review mirror I saw him wave what looked to be a hypo-dermic needle infront of my baby daughters face – without thinking I screamed and nearly swerved off the road into a tree – in shock my 8yo step-daughter grabbed it out of his hand, believeing she was doing what I would have thought the right thing to do, at which time I had pulled over and yanked it out of her grip and realised there was no “needle tip” on the end. My 4 year old son at this point was in tears (because I had yelled at him and taken his “toy” off him)

So apparently once I asked him where he got this he told me that the nurse came to pre-school and gave it to him. I rang the pre-school to which the teacher confirmed this, saying that a nurse had come in to talk about hospitals to the children and then continued to hand out syringes – not the old medicine plungers but SYRINGES like the ones HEROIN users, use, to FOUR YEAR OLDS!!!

Now I have been on a rampage with the pre-school/primary school for nearly two weeks with nearly everyone I have spoken to dismissing my concerns, yet every person I have shown/spoken to outside the teaching community in this school is absolutely disgusted and outraged…

What can I do?

What are your opinions???

I was told by the principle that the only opinions that would count were those of health care proffessionals. I was then told today by the pre-school teacher (2 weeks later) that she would have a talk to the students about the “dangers of sharps”… im not satisfied!!

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Giving 4yo’s syringes?!
bikeshopgirl 10:16 am 03 Sep 10

OMG, Mulberry. Thanks for brightening up my morning with your hilarious post. You’d better watch out that Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High) doesn’t start stalking you for new material.

Me no fry 10:15 am 03 Sep 10

A syringe without a needle is just a fun plastic water-squirting device to a child. My mum was a nurse and she used to bring home all kinds of syringes (without the needles of course) for us kids to play with – some of the bigger ones would hold a fair amount of water, and were ideal for sneaky water fights.

Don’t see the harm in it myself, as long as the children are taught to watch out for needles, and never to pick up syringes they may find outside.

screaming banshee 10:01 am 03 Sep 10

My poor junkie kids got their medicine through these until they were old enough to use a little cup.

Just pause for a second and think about this, the school have held an education ‘event’ for lack of a better term which featured a common (modern) household medicine syringe, not some aids infested used junkie syringe.

By your own admission when you saw this in your rearview mirror and nearly swerved off the road and hit a tree. So first of all you nearly hit a tree. Second of all what do you think might have happened under such circumstances had it been a hypodermic syringe, chances are someone would have been jabbed.

Lastly, perhaps if you had taken the time to talk to your children prior to driving away you might have avoided the on-road incident. I personally have jumped to the conclusion that you pull up at the kerb wait for your children to climb into the car and drive off without even stopping the engine, even if school doesn’t finish for 15 minutes.

Post-lastly, lousy job on the nail-polish.

Bane 10:00 am 03 Sep 10

Deano said :

So let me get this straight. You are complaining that the preschool is teaching your kid about the proper use of needles instead of reinforcing your belief that they are only ever associated with drug addicts. Vaccinations must be a fun time for your family.

Believe it or not, just knowing about needles doesn’t automatically lead to a life of drug use. Over reactive parents on the other hand……

That’s a massive +1 to this and all the other replies!

colourful sydney rac 9:57 am 03 Sep 10

I used to have syringes as a child which I used solely for squriting water – this is no different – as outlined above this one is clearly for oral use only and not “like the ones HEROIN users” use.

But I suppose the good thing is that you made your four year old cry.

Hooray for moral panic.

Skidbladnir 9:55 am 03 Sep 10

not the old medicine plungers but SYRINGES like the ones HEROIN users, use, to FOUR YEAR OLDS

Um, not to sound too harsh, but you’re not too great at this ‘observation’ thing.
Lets hope you haven’t scarred your children too much, or that they’re now having fun made of them at school for having the helicopter parents who destroyed everbody’s fun by having a paranoid overreaction.

A syringe is just a piston in a tube, used to push the contents of that tube out the hole at the end.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringe

To be useful at any form of piercing, or under-skin medical usage, it requires a needle tip, such as this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luer
It then gets to be called an hypodermic needle, (because hypodermic is Greek for under-skin), and then used for under-skin injection of substances.

The syringe pictured above is not, as you believe, a hypodermic needle, nor is it indended to be.
It has “FOR ORAL USE ONLY” printed on it, because the hole in the end is too large to make a needle fit.

Your entire post boils down to:
I was so BLINDED with FURIOUS MATERNAL RAGE that it needed to CAPITALISED when expressed in WRITTEN WORDS.
Even though I failed to notice the FOR ORAL USE ONLY printed (and clearly photographed) on the side, I am a mother, so I know that I HAVE RIGHTS and that MATERNAL INTUITION BEATS SCIENCE.
Also, EDUCATING CHILDREN is not something that should be trusted to QUALIFIED COMMUNITY NURSES and PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS.

J Dawg 9:51 am 03 Sep 10

Classic example of the ‘cotton wool’ society in which we live nowadays…

Very Busy 9:50 am 03 Sep 10

Chill out, you are way too over protective, this is a non issue. I feel sorry for the nurse and teacher who have to deal with you, they have done nothing wrong, seriously.

troll-sniffer 9:47 am 03 Sep 10

Weather event in a receptacle used for India’s finest blends if you ask me. Whoopee do, a kid has a syringe used for squirting water. I don’t know if society has conditioned today’s mothers to be freak-out queens but years ago, when I used to bring home syringes and squirt anyone and everyone, my Mum would say “that’s nice dear, goa nd squirt your brother”. After five minutes the syringe would be dropped somewhere only to be found a month later for another five minute round of squirtiting until that too got tiresome.

What the OP has probably done by going off the rails is establish an irrational fear in her tot’s mind of syringes and anything that looks like them, as well as unconsciously adding to her tot’s innate psychological analysis profile that his Mum is a bit strange and irrational sometimes.

Pommy bastard 9:47 am 03 Sep 10

What can I do?

What are your opinions???

You should learn to be more involved in your child’s schooling, and find out what is being presented to the kids as part of their education, rather than react (badly) after the event.

Deano 9:44 am 03 Sep 10

So let me get this straight. You are complaining that the preschool is teaching your kid about the proper use of needles instead of reinforcing your belief that they are only ever associated with drug addicts. Vaccinations must be a fun time for your family.

Believe it or not, just knowing about needles doesn’t automatically lead to a life of drug use. Over reactive parents on the other hand……

MrMagoo 9:36 am 03 Sep 10

Growling Ferret said :

You have never administered panadol, nurofen, or any sort of antibiotic to your child?

My kids know they are not toys, but something they should only touch if given to them my Mum or Dad – perhaps you should teaching and parenting, not carrying on like a pork chop…

+1 agreed Ferrit my learned friend.

QuanTom 9:36 am 03 Sep 10

Come on, even on your pic we can read clearly for oral use only. Most of my daughter medications (nurofen, antibiotics, …) are delivered using this type of syringe. I do understand, however, that you are pissed out because you quite naturaly freaked out in your car, but I do see little responsability from the school.
What about toy guns? Should they be forbidden too, as the actual thing is quite a bit more dangerous than syringe?

fgzk 9:32 am 03 Sep 10

You shouldn’t worry till the play station goes missing.

Growling Ferret 9:25 am 03 Sep 10

You have never administered panadol, nurofen, or any sort of antibiotic to your child?

My kids know they are not toys, but something they should only touch if given to them my Mum or Dad – perhaps you should teaching and parenting, not carrying on like a pork chop…

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