Since when did medicine turn into tasting like candy? It is because parents don’t want to fight their children who don’t want to put a bad taste in their mouths? Did that change happen the same time children started telling their parents what to do or did it happen when parents decided they didn’t want to control the behavior of their children?
When I was growing up, medicine tasted awful — it felt like rust on your tongue and smelled horrible in your nostrils and the taste burned your throat as it went down to work. Medicine was an experience you never wanted to repeat again in your life if you could avoid it and isn’t that how medicine is supposed to work?
Medicine is serious. It changes your body and it is not an experience to be enjoyed and a child should not want more just because it tastes good. Walking down the aisle of our grocery store yesterday I saw wild cherry cough syrup, bubble gum sore throat lozenges and Tropical Fruit flavored stool softeners!
Bring back the cod liver oil, I say, and let the children suffer in their sickness so they can finally taste what the road to healing really tastes like as it sticks to the back of their throats while toughening them up to the shock that being ill isn’t a vacation down candy cane lane!