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A couple of nights ago I asked Derek if he wanted to give Ethan the cold medicine before he went to bed. Please don’t look at me that way. I know the recalls and the warnings and the fact that the back of the box says “NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S CONSENT.” He turns 4 in a week and he has had the most horrific runny nose and chest cough for the last six days. It’s so bad that the skin on his upper lip is so raw from wiping that I think he might need a skin graft. I know they normally take skin graphs from your backside but the child has no backside. I figured we were going to have to fix this thing pretty quickly because we clearly don’t have the normal solutions to these grave problems.

I’ve tried the traditional methods of fixing this. I am forcing large amounts of liquids down him at a rapid pace. The trouble is, I have been gone most of the week working and even when you tell people, “he really needs to drink this entire gallon of watered down juice before I get back,” you still come home to it 3/4’s of the way filled. I have given him soda (SPRITE, GASP!!) in my attempts to encourage him to participate in flushing this out of his system.

I have the vaporizer going in his room. The trouble is, if you have a child that insists on keeping the door OPEN all night, it sort of negates the success rate of the vaporizer. Forty five minute long hot showers in steamy bathrooms? Check. The child has traded in his snuggly bear at night for a roll of toilet paper to wipe his nose. He honestly has been cuddling a roll of toilet paper. I feel awful.

So two nights ago I gave him some medicine to dry him out. It felt slightly like handing him a pack of cigarettes. In case anyone was wondering, it didn’t make him sleep better and it didn’t hype him up. So there goes THAT remedy for long plane rides. It did, however, seem to dry him out a little bit. I was hoping for instant and complete success that would make it seem worth going against the tide of public opinion, but something is better than nothing. He seems to be back to his cranky nearly 4 year old self. The nose is still running but I think we are on the back end of this illness.

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I just discussed this with my pediatrician about my 1 y/o,
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so please don’t beat yourself up about giving cold meds to a 4 y/o who, after all, has a cold!

Her wise advice: TREAT FOR MISERY. So yeah, when a kid, no matter what the age, is so sick that it’s causing them to lose sleep or making multiple layers of skin slough off, potential side effects are far outweighed by the actual suffering of the kid. Dose ‘em up.

The ped sent me home with Dimetap samples and the correct dosage for my babe. “Treat for misery” is my new sick kid mantra.

You know, we all make decisions that don’t always feel awesome to us. But to me, that’s the sign of a thinking mom. Just guess how many mama’s would have given it without a single thought? And would have totally doped up their kid when it didn’t “work” to knock the little buggar out entirely? Yep. So you’re in the clear, methinks.

That said, the few times I’ve tried it, it hasn’t worked at all. So I don’t bother. Sigh.

PS Word verification is “witching his”. I seriously cannot make this crap up. I wasn’t making myself suffer through the same BLECK that she had, I was dopped up on sinus cough meds . and my 2 year old can’t have anything just because she’s not 5?!

My ped also recommended Benadryl since my 10 year old was a baby. Though they say most of those things don’t work, it certainly has for my 3 kids over the years. I have seen it work like a charm in calming the nasal drip and then the coughing stops and then everyone sleeps. Also for the raw upper lip,
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just keep putting vaseline or neosporin (sp). I always slab a bunch on when they go to sleep and then in the morning. We rarely have chapped face. You did the right thing, you followed your mommy instincts!