Someone at Dramamine Kids is Asleep at the Wheel
Last week, a colleague of mine was complaining that she couldn’t take her 2 1/2-year-old son on car trips to visit family because he’d get extremely carsick. I could empathize, having been a motion-challenged child myself. ”Have you tried Dramamine?” I asked. ”No,” she replied. ”I don’t want to give my son any medication.” ”Oh. So she’s one of THOSE moms,” I thought. Good luck with that. ”I’m pretty sure they make a version for kids,” I said. Wanting to prove I’m right, I pulled up the site on my computer and, sure enough, there’s a version for kids named, interestingly enough, “Dramamine for Kids.”
“See?” I tell her, pointing to my screen. ”It says for children ages 2 to 6: ‘Give 1/2 to 1 chewable tablet every 6-8 hours.” I scroll down a bit to the warnings and find this lovely little disclaimer.
“When using this product avoid alcoholic drinks, [and] be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery.” Oh, and if your toddler is pregnant OR breast feeding, she should ask a doctor before use.
Really, makers of Dramamine? You couldn’t just, I dunno, edit your warnings where they are INAPPLICABLE and INSANE? I know a lot of toddlers, and none of them would even think about getting behind the wheel of their Big Wheel without a designated driver whilst under the influence of Dramamine. Also, all the female toddlers I know wouldn’t dream of giving Baby Alive tainted breast milk. Geez.
P.S. Is an Instragram photo stream really necessary for a anti-nausea product? Are parents encouraged to take pictures of their puke-free seats and hashtag it #NOVOMIT?