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Dec 08

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?

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