Is this right?
I have just watched an advert on television that has really got me thinking. It was for ibroprophen for infants. The parents on the video explained that when the little one woke with a fever during the night, they can confidently give them the medicine which settles them so everyone gets a better night.
I can’t remember how old I was when I was given or took over the counter medicine for pain. It certainly wasn’t before I was a teenager. If I had a pain that lasted longer than a couple of hours I was taken to the doctor. If the thermometer signalled I had a fever I would be kept quiet and monitored. If it went on for too long the doctor would be called.
I have really been thinking about this and realised it is all about balance. When should you take a child to the doctor? I have been in hospital A & E departments where children are waiting to be seen and yet are running around quite fit and healthy. I presume they had been showing signs of being poorly earlier and had been brought in.
As an adult I visit the doctor rarely mainly to have my prescription for thyroid tablets renewed. I’m not someone who takes much over the counter medicine either, preferring to let nature take it’s course. I am feeling quite concerned that giving children medicine too early in their lives will not help build resistance in their immune systems and as adults, will have to take stronger medication.
I know we don’t like to see anyone in distress or pain particularly a child. However, perhaps the ease of access to a pain killer that can be administered to a child is part of our need for immediacy that is now prevalent in society. We can’t wait and build our resilience it seems. I worry that we are building problems for our children’s future by too easily self medicating.
How old were you when you took your first Asprin? Am I worrying unnecessarily?