I had a pretty nondescript day until we got allergy shots. There was another little boy there who had a McD’s toy that shot missiles. I get the bitch mom of the week award for making my child sit in time out for getting wound up because the kid was shooting the missiles at my kid. After the other kid went back for his appointment, Zach got down to play. Oh, and I may have made the comment to the kid that “We don’t point things that shoot, like guns and missiles, even if they’re toys at people – EVER.” Just one of those golden rules I learned growing up. Just like you don’t kill anything (on purpose – roadkill doesn’t count) unless you intend to eat it.
Then Aaron was – wow – I don’t even know how describe him other than 2. He was your stereotypical 2 year old. I almost didn’t get us our shots and just left he was that bad. He settled down after awhile though. We read a book while Zach did his homework.
After the boys went to bed, I was checking e-mail and came across this article from Web MD about baby acetaminophen being tied to asthma in kids. Makes me wonder. Does it actually cause the asthma, or does it just bring it out in those already susceptible? Just like NSAIDS can bring on an attack for people who already have asthma. And the article does try not to be alarmist in saying that we shouldn’t stop using Tylenol on ourselves or kids. I just thought it was interesting. I can say that of all the symptoms the discuss of 6-7year olds, my 7 year old has eczema. BUT, he also has a mom that has eczema, asthma, and is allergic to everything except cockroaches and trees, and he has a dad who has the fall allergies (hay fever). My son really didn’t have a shot in hell at not getting SOMETHING out of that grouping. Sorry buddy.
And I did give him Tylenol is his first year of life, because let’s face it, teething is a bitch for them and us, the parents. I limited its use as much as possible, but who wants a toothache if they don’t have to have one, right? In my defense, I didn’t know about teething tablets back then, and I was told by a dentist and hygienist that the Anbesol gel makes the gums tougher for teeth to poke through. So Tylenol it was. So, if my son develops asthma, how much of it is genetics and predisposition and how much of it is from using acetaminophen? I’m taking what I read with a grain of salt until I learn more about the group they used for the study.