Over the weekend, the Cutlet came down with a cold. It didn’t seem like anything major – just a little bit of sneezing and coughing.
On Saturday night, she woke up in the middle of the night complaining that her ear hurt. Mrs. Cutter gave her some Children’s Advil, and she was able to get back to sleep. Sunday afternoon, she was running a slightly high (99 degrees) temperature, so we administered another dose of the Advil.
When you think of addictive drugs, Advil certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But now that she’s gotten a taste of it, the Cutlet has developed a thirst for the stuff.
On Monday, after being picked up from preschool, she told Mrs. Cutter that she didn’t feel well. When Mrs. Cutter inquired what was wrong, the Cutlet answered, “I want medicine!”
When Mrs. Cutter told her that she didn’t need any medicine, the Cutlet did not take it well. She threw a fit and kept repeating, “I want medicine!” At one point, she even ran upstairs to the bathroom, grabbed the dispenser cup, and started waving it to emphasize her point.
Mrs. Cutter displayed some quick thinking when she poured some strawberry flavored milk into the dispenser cup and told her it was the medicine. The Cutlet happily drank it down, and when asked if it made her feel better, she replied yes.
The placebo effect is real, people.
Since then, the Cutlet has made several more requests for the medicine. We’ve given her a couple more doses of the milk, but we don’t want to go overboard with that either, for fear that she might actually develop a mental addiction to the stuff. (If she hasn’t already)
I am a little concerned. If she’s able to get this hooked on Advil now, what will the future bring? Will she start branching out into other common OTC drugs? Mylanta? Robutussin? (Honestly, I think the taste of Robutussin alone will prevent anyone from getting addicted to it)
I think it’s a safe bet that as soon as she’s tall enough to reach them, I’ll be placing locks on the medicine cabinets.