This one ranks right up there with a woman suing the golden arches because she spilled coffee on herself (oh stop, I know the circumstances of that but you have to admit that at the time we all sided with McDonalds).
There are some days that I wish the trusty husband still wrote Protesting Stupidity. He has an eloquent way of pointing out the dumb in the world. This post ranks right up there with his previous rant on warning labels.
Call me crazy, but before I give my child any type of medication I go to great lengths to, oh say, read the directions. Just me, but I don’t want to be one of those moms that “makes headlines” in that kind a way. However it was brought to my attention (when the trusty husband emailed me a link to an article in the local paper, because I refuse to watch or read any news) that drug makers are now pulling some children’s cold medicines from the shelves because of misuse.
You heard that right… misuse. That means people bought medication. They opened the medication. They dosed the medication. They gave that medication to their child and their child died. DIED! As in dead. They did not read the label that informs them not to give the medication to a child under a certain weight or age. Better yet, they thought it was ok because there was no warning label stating that misuse of the medication could result in death. DEATH! (yes it deserves all caps and an exclamation point)
How dumb do you have to be to not realize that giving the wrong amount to a child could kill them? It is a child for chrissake. Any dumbass with two braincells (me) left knows that if the packaging says dose for child 2-3 years or 25-30 lbs and your child is under any of those numbers has two choices a) call the pediatrician to get the proper dosing or b) don’t give the child the medicine.
Now… if you look at the list of medications in the article please note that I have given 3 of them to my son in the last year. I have found that 1 in particular works well for us. The Little Colds stuff. Now. Now! I’m not going to be able to buy it anymore. What the hell? I now have to let my child suffer because of someone else’s stupidity? Why is it that the dumb people always have to inconvenience me? Isn’t is bad enough that I have to get my own effective cold medicine from the socially inept pharmacist because of the meth heads.
What next, the state instituting a sin tax on coffee because the caffeine in my mochachino gets labeled an addictive substance.