HOW'S THIS FOR A QUESTION AT 2:07 AM?
"I DON'T KNOW" NOT ACCEPTABLE ANSWER
"Why does medicine make the favor go away," asked my 2/1/2 year old just after 2:00 this morning.
Ella is at the age now I know so many of you other parents can identify with. She never stops talking, and much of what's coming out of her mouth are interrogative statements. She's got a question about everything. Responding, "I don't know," seems not to do the trick.
In most cases I won't give her the, "I don't know," just to make it go away. It's just that... well... sometimes I don't know.
The following conversation reminds me of one of my favorite all-time commercials. It's still running, often times in our morning show. It's the Jimmy Dean Sausage spot with the guy who's the sun for his job. He's making breakfast for his little girl and she's giving him the "why this" and "why that" treatment. Fantastic.
So Ella was up a couple times in the night with a fever. I got the second call, after the Tylenol had been administered. Mostly, she was awake and just wanted some company. Water was fetched. Blankets adjusted. Bed time music re-started. Then the declaration that, "I got a really high favor."
"Fever, Ella," said dad. "And it's not that bad. You'll be okay. Mom gave you some Tylenol."
"What that is?" she asked.
"It's medicine to make your fever go away."
"Why does medicine make my favor go away?"
"Feee-ver, Ella, and I don't know how that works."
"Why don't I know how that works? I don't really know that either... I just don't. I do know it will make you feel better. Go to sleep now."
"Okay daddy... oh... daddy... how come... how come... how come... (stalling for time while she thinks of something else that might keep me in the room) how come... ... ... could I have somemore water?"
"Good night, Ella."
Anyway, for future reference if you ever get this one... I found the following explanation on familydoctor.org:
Acetaminophen (TYLENOL) seems to relieve pain and reduce fever by working on the parts of the brain that receive pain messages and control the body’s temperature.
NSAIDs (drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen) relieve pain and fever by reducing the level of hormone-like substances (called prostaglandins) that your body makes. These substances cause the feeling of pain by irritating your nerve endings. They also are part of the system that helps your body control its temperature.
Actually... I think next time I'll just go with a third explanation, which is not entirely untrue.