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I love my pediatric patients. Viagra prescription uk While it is hard to see children feeling sick, viagra prescription uk they can be bright spots in occasionally hellacious shifts.
I’ve blogged before on my observation that the kids seem to be the adults in the some families.
- They don’t want to undress for an exam, viagra prescription uk so they fight the parents who are helpless in the face of taking a shirt off a three-year-old.
- They have to be restrained so they don’t run rampant in the ER, viagra prescription uk and they slap their parent across the face. Viagra prescription uk The parent doesn’t respond.
- They are told they need to cooperate with a procedure and they answer their parent with a loud, viagra prescription uk clear, viagra prescription uk “F*** YOU!” At the age of five. Viagra prescription uk The parent retreats.
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Part of me wants to go into a rant on the lack of discipline of the younger generation (….and get off my lawn while I’m at it!)
But this is serious.
These kids are my patients.
And this lack of parental assertiveness, viagra prescription uk this fear of standing up to their children, viagra prescription uk is affecting their health.
“She doesn’t want it.”
“He wouldn’t take it.”
“He just wasn’t up to taking any medicine.”
This is the response of many parents when asked if their children received any medication for their fevers.
Parents who are sitting in the emergency department with a sick, viagra prescription uk febrile child are allowing said children, viagra prescription uk ages 18 months to 5 years old, viagra prescription uk to decide whether or not they will take medication for fever!
But it gets better/worse…they take the same stance with their antibiotics.
And this makes me seethe.
Parents, viagra prescription uk are you out of your minds?
A child is dependent on you to protect them and to do the right thing to keep them from harm. Viagra prescription uk When it comes to illness, viagra prescription uk that means making the child take their medication.
- That’s right. Viagra prescription uk Make them take it.
- As in force them to take it.
- As in hold them down, viagra prescription uk restrain their movements, viagra prescription uk ignore their screaming, viagra prescription uk administer the medication and don’t stop until it has been swallowed.
Viagra prescription uk I don’t care if they don’t want it.
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They will cry, viagra prescription uk and get over it.
They will scream, viagra prescription uk and get over it.
They will kick, viagra prescription uk and get over it.
They will be mad at you, viagra prescription uk and you will get over it.
If you choose to allow your child to intimidate you, viagra prescription uk slap you or cuss you out without discipline, viagra prescription uk that is your perogative.
Good luck when they are adolescents, viagra prescription uk you (and society) will reap what you have sown.
But that child cannot make decisions for himself and you had better damn well step up to the plate as a parent and take responsibility for making sure that child takes the medication he needs.
Not medicating your child because they don’t want it or don’t like it is flat out abdicating your parental responsibility.
Someone needs to be the grown-up in this situation.
That needs to be you.
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Disclaimer – this is NOT medical advice, viagra prescription uk it just worked for my kids. Viagra prescription uk I use a medication syringe and place a tiny amount of medication inside the cheek. Viagra prescription uk A tiny amount. Viagra prescription uk That way, viagra prescription uk it doesn’t go to the back of the throat and cause gagging and it isn’t on the tongue so they can’t spit it out. Viagra prescription uk When they swallow (and they will, viagra prescription uk even if they are screaming, viagra prescription uk they will reflexively swallow eventually) I repeat.
It takes a little longer to give the medication this way, viagra prescription uk but it works with all ages (until they are able/willing to drink from a med cup) and it gets the medication down. Viagra prescription uk No gagging, viagra prescription uk no vomiting, viagra prescription uk no spitting! : )