One day when the boys were tiny, we took them to the pediatrician for shots. My smart, experienced younger sister had told me that it was a good idea to give them Tylenol before they get shots. She would probably want me to add that she is also elegant, beautiful and a whole bunch of other things, but I’ll stick to smart and experienced. Love ya, G.
I listened to her for two very good reasons. First, she had three children of her own. Second, and not necessarily more important, she is a registered nurse.
So, I gave them all Tylenol before the pediatrician’s office, and off we went. Now, here’s where I made my mistake. I told the pediatrician what I had done. He told me that you don’t know whether or not the babies are going to have a reaction to their shots, and shouldn’t give them anything before hand. Soooooooo….
I let the Tylenol wear off. This was after my husband left to go to the grocery store or someplace equally selfish. I say this because, while he was gone, I found out that my children did, indeed, need Tylenol round the clock for about twenty four hours after shots. It wore off at the same time for all three babies. I had three screaming infants waiting for their new dose of Tylenol to hit.
I was in tears, rocking them, singing to them, and promised that I would never listen to that evil pediatrician again when it came to giving them the lovely purple medicine that made them feel good.
I learned lots of lessons that day.