Who's fault is it? Doctors or parents?

@ricki_911 (19457)
Toronto, Ontario
February 12, 2016 7:40pm CST
A friend posted something her friend posted. This child (doesn't say age but I assume young), went to the doctors with would not eat, lethargy, and gagging. She went to a couple walk ins, then a couple hosiptals. She posted a picture of an xray of something circle in the chest area. Now this lady is blaming a pile of doctors as they chopped it off as the flu. She said well the child didn't have diarrhea, or throwing up. Well I've had the flu and had the symptoms she said, and no throwing up or diarrhea. She is bashing these clinics, and hospitals. I nicely posted, it would be different if she walked in saying my child swallowed something and they said it was the flu. But when she isn't watching her child and it swallows something then blames the doctor for not finding this right away. This lady didn't even know the kid swallowed something. Everyone started attacking me. Well sorry should they assume anyone under 18 who comes in with flu like symptoms should get xray for swallowing something due to lack of parenting. After reading through the post, the child ate a battery. This lady is posting poor me posts, and yet noone sees that she is the one that caused it. How did the child get a battery? Child looks just old enough to walk.
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@yukimori (9047)
• United States
13 Feb 16
The problem is that even under close supervision kids can get into things they're not supposed to. My toddler has been a master of getting past childproof latches since she was pulling up on things and not quite walking yet, which has made it extremely frustrating to deal with. Her sister was content to play with the toys we gave her and not try to get into anything she couldn't open. I have to side with the mother if there weren't any other flu symptoms. My kids always run fevers with that sort of thing, and it comes with tons of snot. Considering that my initial reaction was "What did the kid swallow?" when I read that there was gagging, I think that maybe the doctors should have considered that possibility a bit sooner than they did. The problem is that they get used to routine diagnoses, and sometimes don't think as creatively about the situation as someone who's not trained might. Thankfully the situation ended well with the mother listening to her gut and not trusting the diagnosis she was given. Hopefully the poor kid doesn't suffer any lasting ill effects from swallowing that.
@ricki_911 (19457)
• Toronto, Ontario
13 Feb 16
I went onto this ladies facebook page, and then her story kept changing. First was just child not eating, and cranky. It was only gagging when the doctor put the swab down. Which I can say evenasa child I would gagging over that.
@yukimori (9047)
• United States
13 Feb 16
@ricki_911 Oh, yeah... if it's something as vague as that, I can see why the doctors thought it could be the flu. Sometimes I have to wonder about the changing stories... are they doing it just to cover their butts, or did it really happen like that? What's sad is that such questions are often necessary.
@ricki_911 (19457)
• Toronto, Ontario
13 Feb 16
@yukimori Exactly, I was just reading it, and was confused. Judging by her posts she is attention seeking. I feel sorry for this child. Why was a battery lying around?. It was one of those ones that go in watches not very common to have lying around the house.
@GardenGerty (99345)
• United States
13 Feb 16
I think it is a shame she is using this to gain attention for herself. I watched my kids really well but my son a) got a bottle of baby aspirin and was pounding them out and eating them. I knew what he did, how many he got and called the doctor who said it would not hurt him, and he was correct. He also b) found a penny, who knows where. He was restless and fussy all night. Then he pooped it out. On the other hand, who in their right mind leaves a battery laying around. It either goes into something or goes into the trash. The last I knew, doctors do not assume a child with lethargy swallowed something. That is a pretty big leap. The gagging would have had me looking in her throat for a blockage.
@GardenGerty (99345)
• United States
13 Feb 16
Influenza generally does not have stomach issues. It has a high fever, muscle and joint pain, and lethargy. An intestinal virus has the puke and poop effect. I hope the child did not get poisoned from the battery leaking or something.
@ricki_911 (19457)
• Toronto, Ontario
13 Feb 16
@GardenGerty She has posted they did look, and did afew tests but saw nothing. Also, only gagging when they did a swab (so who would assume child swallowed something with sticking something down her throat). But in those cases you were not blaming the doctors. This lady can ruin these clinics, and doctors over her own stupidity. The doctors were not putting batteries around her house, or allowing her child to do this.