What was that!

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Sun, 09-05-2010 - 12:13am

So we were in the ER tonight, third time in 24 hours for one of my stepkids (torn achilles, which likely occurred between the first and second ER visit but I digress....). We were leaving and there was a mom with a baby and a stroller sitting in the waiting room as we walked by. I looked down and sitting in the stroller basket was a baby bottle with pink liquid in it. Pink? Was it medicine? Or something else?

Maybe it was medicine and totally legitimate, but it made me wonder how many of the health problems of ff'd children are caused by parents giving non-formula beverages? Any thoughts on that?

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 7:35am

I have quite commonly seen babies - ie well under a year old drinking liquids from bottles that look like softdrink such as Coke. At a hospital, maybe the benefit of the doubt is there, and the bottle could have contained medicine with the formula. But you are probably quite right to wonder if part of the problem is not only the absence of breast milk, but the presence of drinks that are likely to cause health problems.

I have even heard of toddlers who have been given alcoholic drinks in their bottles.

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 11:01am

It could be medication like antibiotics with formula/breast milk or any combination however, I would not immediately think it was all bad...maybe this is what the baby needed to become stronger...

Of course it is because today I am feeling good...:P So giving the benefit of the doubt to people today...;)

PS: Yes, I have heard stories of children given alcohol. Or Coke and find it so disgusting as I think about how this poor kid is trying to grow on things that are poisoning the system. I cannot dwell on the idiocy of some people or I would never get out of bed...







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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 11:39am

~~Maybe it was medicine and totally legitimate, but it made me wonder how many of the health problems of ff'd children are caused by parents giving non-formula beverages? Any thoughts on that?~~

Pink lemonade?

I have noticed all sorts of colours in baby bottles - even with barely past newborn stage - bottles that look like juice, kool-aid, even cola.

The damage to their teeth alone, never mind the lack of proper nutrition, over-abundance of sugar and salt, artificial sweeteners, flavours and colourings - and even caffeine in the case of cola.

My thoughts? Well, this is were I have a hard time with "not my baby, not my concern"! Thought I have never said anything to the parents, I just look away.

After all, Jason had sugar-water bottles between his 4 hourly bottles of formula from birth, water-down juice from 2 weeks old and basically lived on sugar-water (no solids, no formula) from 6-9 months due to extreme allergies - and he turned out "just fine"! ;)

After all, he didn't have one cavity until he was over 18 and started drinking pop and coffee - so obviously the early sugar did not bother him. ;)

So maybe it's true - it really doesn't matter what you feed them, as long as you love them and only want the best for them? ;)



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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 12:09pm

Obviously, I have no idea what was in that bottle, and I'm not necessarily defending the substance, but I did want to say that I have a child who has needed to be on daily antibiotic prophylaxis since the day we brought him home from the hospital after his birth, and for the first nine months of his life, the medicine we gave him was your common liquid amoxcillin, which happens to be very bright pink.

We gave him his medicine with a syringe in the early months, and eventually advanced to a dropper, then a true medicine "spoon", then a plastic baby-feeding spoon which happened to hold the exact same amount that he needed to take in medicine, and now at almost five, can finally handle drinking his medicine (which is now Bactrim, which is a lighter shade of pink) from a small medicine cup like you get with cold medicine.

In the early months and years, we had a *very* difficult time getting his medicine into him every day, and had to devise lots of tricks and techniques for getting it in him, making sure he swallowed it, didn't spit it out, didn't spill any or waste any...and my expensive down comforter still tells that tale because we never got it all out of either the comforter cover itself or the duvet cover we bought to hide the amoxicillin stains...sigh...but I digress.

One pediatrician told us that if we had been bottlefeeding him, it might be okay to put the amoxicillin (and later the Bactrim, which he started at nine months when he became resistant to the amoxicillin), into a bottle of milk, formula, etc., to help him get the medicine into his body. We never tried it with amoxicillin, but later on we did try it once or twice with his iron supplement that he took from 12-15 months (it turned his water rusty-orange colored, and it looked like he was drinking whiskey out of a sippy cup), and even tried to put his Bactrim into milk once or twice during a phase where he refused it from whatever device we were attempting to use at the time. That made his milk slightly pink-tinged, like very weakly-flavored strawberry Quik milk.

I'm only speculating here, but I have a sense that there may have been something like this going on. As the mom of a child who has needed daily meds literally the entire time I've had him, I can tell you that sometimes it feels a little desperate when you can't get the meds into the child as needed, because the fear of infection and greater insult to organs (in our case) is pretty visceral. Like I said, I have no idea what that child was drinking, but when I see something like that, I have a different reaction to it than I might if the child was drinking something that was obviously a soft drink, like cola, coffee/tea, fruit punch, etc. even though that might well have been one too.

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 12:41pm

I thought about that Jennifer - that it might have been meds, given the setting. What a struggle that must have been for you and your son!

I just had another thought - isn't there a new formula out for children over a year - wasn't it chocolate, strawberry and vanilla? I know that they discontinued the chocolate. I'll go look if there was strawberry.



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Registered: 11-04-2009
In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 2:27pm
It could have been strawberry pediasure, they have it in chocolate, vanilla and banana too.

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 3:53pm

I wouldn't put any med in a full bottle. Maybe in a partial bottle that I was 100% sure would be finished right away. This was an 8 oz bottle that had a little left over, no top, looked like it had been tossed into the bottom of the stroller after the child was done with it (not a bottle in the side pocket of a diaper bag, with a cap, sitting there waiting for the next feeding).

If it was medicine, that would pose another problem if in fact the baby was full, and didn't get all the medicine.

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 3:55pm
Could be. I thought pediasure was always clear? This was pink like pepto bismol. Maybe it was strawberry formula. Or medicine that wasn't finished.

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 4:03pm

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Could be. I thought pediasure was always clear? This was pink like pepto bismol. Maybe it was strawberry formula. Or medicine that wasn't finished.


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Clear sounds more like pedialyte, pediasure is milky, like ensure.

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In reply to: harmony08
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 4:23pm
Oh gotcha. Maybe so. This was definitely a baby though, and apparently Pediasure is not for babies, they are supposed to have formula.

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