Help! My daughter’s addicted to drugs

Well, okay, not drugs, per se. Medicine. And not real medicine. Pretend medicine.

She’s been into going into the plastic container where we keep the “cuppies” for night/nap time and grabbing one out. The other day, she found the one we keep all the children’s medicine “cyringes” in. She immediately recognized them as the ones we give her medicine in.

Now, she has to give her stuffed animals medicine, she plastic dinosaurs medicine, mommy and daddy medicine, and herself medicine. She asks us to give it to her (pretend, of course), as well. “Need medicine, daddy!”, “Again!”, “Need more medicine, daddy!” over and over and over again in that way that two year olds need to do everything over and over and over again.

But it isn’t just the over and over and over again I worry about. Now I am starting to worry that she will become desensitized to medicine, thinking it is all just a game. We’ve tried to emphasize this to her. “You understand this is only pretend medicine, right?” and “You never take medicine unless mommy and daddy give it to you, understand?” and “If you find real medicine, you bring it to mommy and daddy, okay?”

But we think we need to go farther and restrict her access to realistic-looking medicine delivery devices. Of course, this is easier said than done. Yesterday she woke up from her nap and not long after started asking, “Wanna play medicine, daddy?”


6 Responses to Help! My daughter’s addicted to drugs

  1. Rob says:

    You might have a problem if she starts calling the game “dealer” or refers to the medicine as “meds,” “scrips,” or “junk.”

  2. L.A. Daddy says:

    Look on the bright side — she might become a doctor! Or maybe even a pharmacist — that ain’t too shabby.

    My daughter likes ‘med-cine’ too. She even ENJOYS the taste of cough syrup… that I don’t get.

  3. becs says:

    You could always extend the game and pretend to show her what happens when a teddy takes too much medicine.
    Maybe her favourite teddy will get ill and die…

  4. Kristen says:

    I’ve had this same concern with my kids, but so far it hasn’t amounted to anything more than play. Don’t worry, she’ll probably move on to a different obsession pretty soon. (In my kids’ case, it was swords, guns, and fighting, all of which have been forbidden in my house. HUH?)

  5. planet3rry says:


    [Kaz: So, I ought to keep her away from the cats..?]

  6. Terry says:

    [Kaz: So, I ought to keep her away from the cats..?]

    probably okay with the cats until she discovers the thermometer…

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