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Citation: Ann. Code §§ 31-34-1-12; 31-34-1-14; 31-34-1-15
A child is not a child in need of services if:
The presence of a controlled substance was from a valid medical prescription.
A parent fails to provide specific medical treatment for a child because of legitimate and genuine religious beliefs. This presumption does not do any of the following:
Prevent a court from ordering medical services when the health of the child requires it
Apply to situations in which the child's life or health is in serious danger
Some religious tenets hold that members should not seek or receive medical care for any condition, including pregnancy. These beliefs can result in increased perinatal and maternal mortality.8 Some religious groups deny children the benefits of routine preventive care. For example, some parents, acting in accord with state laws, refuse to have their children immunized because of religious beliefs. The AAP does not support the stringent application of medical neglect laws when children do not receive recommended immunizations. Although the risk to unimmunized individuals is relatively low, serious adverse reactions to vaccination are rare and the AAP strongly endorses universal immunization. Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, with consequent serious complications and deaths, have been linked to groups that refused immunization for religious reasons.9-12
What about when the medication that they are trying to force on my 3 year old daughter is not medically necessary? My daughter has labial adhesion and they are trying to give her Premarin for weeks in order to complete an exam to prove that she hasnt been abused. I filed a petition for temporary injunction at the same time DCS filed an order to authorize medical treatment. Any advice?
Poor baby! What happened? From my understanding, Premarin is used in menopausal women. It contains estrogen. I understand that your daughter's injury is to her labia. How severe is it? It seems to me that it should be allowed to heal on its own. If it needs anything, it would probably be something that would encourage healing of skin- from anywhere on the body. I don't see why a 3 y/o would need any hormones. Just because your labia is injured doesn't mean that it messes with your hormones, does it? Did your doctors give any reasons why they want to use that? I'm so sorry for you and your DD! What a terrifying experience for you both.