My almost 3 year old DD has Pallid Breath Holding Spells. The kind that happen in response to pain. She often has a little mini seizure during them. I have started her in an "alternative" preschool that lets me stay with her as long as I like, until she is comfortable with me leaving her. Problem is it has been about 3 months now and I am still not comfortable. Mostly because I am terrified of leaving her and having her get hurt. She is very tiny for her age too which makes me a little more protective. But the school is also different...It is a play based preschool so the kids are outside playing the whole time. There isn't any structure so it's a little like a free for all, which I love and want my child to experience. It's just that it's not like they are all sitting around at tables playing nicely or anything. They are climbing on all sorts of stuff from trees to playground equipment, swings, logs. And there are bigger kids too, up to age 6 that are running around too. There are 3 teachers to 28 kids. So it's a decent ratio.
Anyway, because I am so worried about her having one of these spells I feel I can't/don't want to leave her. I've spoken to all the teachers but they have never heard of it before and don't really get it. Plus I worry because they aren't as in tune with her as I am. For example I can tell by her initial cry if I need to get over there fast before she passes out. Whereas, I've seen the teachers be engrossed in playing with other kids and it takes them a couple of minutes to respond to a child crying because they just don't hear it. This is important because if you don't get to my DD in time, she can fall over and hit her head - it's happen before to me when I thought her initial fall wasn't too bad. She tripped over a garden hose and skinned her knees a little. Next thing I know she passes out and hits her head. :(
So any suggestions on how I can handle this? What have other moms with a child with this disorder done about school?