It’s all about the Children…part 2

If this is your first time here, you are obligated to go back and understand how passionate I am about children, lest you misunderstand…we will wait…

Speaking of waiting, I still have not heard from one person with a suggestion of one thing that the government has taken over and made better. You may continue to ponder and I am always open.

Everybody back? Great.

They took my baby’s cold medicine. They took yours too. It actually scared me a bit. Phone rings – it’s my very excited mother.

“Turn on the news. They have done a recall of the children’s cold medicine. They didn’t say what was wrong, they just went to a commercial.”

Ok – first of all, how in the world do you get away with teasing a news story about a recall for children’s medicine? That sounds like serious threat to life. That sounds like, “we interrupt this program for this breaking news alert” stuff. Not teaser material.

Except, there is nothing wrong with the medicine. That’s right – nothing. I asked my pediatrician myself, just to make sure. Nothing wrong with it. But, it’s recalled – you can’t buy it.

Seems as though some parents, some times, may have given their children overdoses of medication. So, because some parents may give some children too much cold medicine, I can’t give mine any. But, it’s all about the children.

No, it’s not. It’s all about politics. I can’t get cold medicine for my kids when they get coughs, runny noses, congestion, the like. I can use the vapors and saline and stuff, but I have not seen them to be as effective. So, in order to get medicine for my kid, I have to pay to go to the doctor. The doctor will run labs that will probably show up negative for everything – but you don’t pay for that based on the result – you pay for it period. Then the doctor will write a prescription – you’ll pay for that. Then the doctor will say he needs to see you back to check everything out – and you’ll pay for that.

  • side note – Insurance, medicare, health clinic, military, benefits – whatever – you are still paying for that. It’s called taxes and insurance premiums. Increased health care cost will not equal decreased revenue for the government or the insurance companies. It will equal reduced care and increased premiums and taxes.

So now, health care cost for your family just went up. Nobody likes that. Now all of a sudden you hear about the fabulous “S” chip for health care…it will take care of the children and it won’t cost you a thing

  • except taxes
  • and it will include “children” up to the age of 25 in homes with an income of up to $82,000 a year.

Whatever. Give me back my cold medicine and you can keep your “free health care.”

Thought that occurred to me. Think about all the other things parents might sometimes do that some of the folks in the medical community may disagree with.

  • Give cow milk before 12 months
  • peanut butter before age 2
  • eggs before 12 months
  • rice cereal before 4 months

You gonna take all of that from me too? In the meantime, you’ll give my middle schooler birth control without my knowledge or consent. But, I can’t give her sister cold medicine.



  1. Dealing with healthcare hurdles already makes me cranky…but now I’ll have to b***h more than ever to get my kids their medicine. I guess it’s a good thing that I’m a crazy planner and germ phobic….which accounts for the pharmacy located in my kitchen cabinet….you never can be too prepared for a child’s potential illness or the government stripping the shelves of my grocery store.

    Oh, and I am feeling much better (thanks for asking April)…thanks to my cold medicine and the $300 I spent over the past week at the chiropractor and massage therapist.

  2. Creechman says:

    Your social observations are scary accurate. Why can’t everyone see things this way? :/

  3. Obsurdity at its finest! I feel your frustration! It was quite funny when the story broke……I was pretty nervous, realizing that every medicine I have ever given my 2-1/2 year old had been recalled. “Oh no, what is wrong?” I thought.

    Come to find out, nothing is wrong (just as you say). But now, I can’t give my daughter relief from her suffering because other parents couldn’t read a label (or get a doctor’s advice)!

    Oh well….I’ll just have to make sure I wash her hands more. That is, until soap is recalled because some parents use it to wash theri kid’s mouths out with (I’m sure that can’t be too healthy)!

    Great post April…..I hope I didn’t go on too much of a rant with my comment. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Nik – I am glad you are feeling better. I am gonna have to take a tip from you and start stock piling. They say there are trying to get more stuff recalled.

    Creech – I dunno. Truthfully, I think a lot of people do – that silent majority. The rest – this kind of thinking just doesn’t “feel good.”

    Eric – Rant away! Believe me, I understand. It is frustrating. I am frustrated myself…going to go write that post now…

  5. I never noticed that my son got any better when taking kids medications. From my personal experience, I’m not sure any of those over the counter medications work. As for cow’s milk, I’m not sure that it should be drank by anyone, even if they are over 12 months old. Cows milk is designed to feed a baby cow to make it grow to be over 1,000 pounds. Mother’s milk is designed to make you 6’2″, 200 lbs and handsome.

  6. Wade,

    I understand your point. However, my experience with OTC is vastly different. If they didn’t work for my children, I surely wouldn’t use them. I do think that parents should have the choice to use these medications if they appear to work and they use them correctly. My beef is with the intervention due to the few bad apples. Child abuse is already illegal. Drugging your kids – under the jail for you.

    I agree with the nursing. We chose that route with all our children. However, we have all girls, so I hope they don’t expereince the same growth results you did 🙂

    I am not a fan of milk either – not even the chocolate kind. But, there again lies the choice.

    I am really glad you stopped by and joined the conversation. I hope you choose to do it more often 🙂

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