Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Oh Really, CNN?
The following quote is from 20+ of the greatest parenting tips ever, an article linked on CNN.com quoting material from parenting.com (I couldn’t locate the article at parenting.com).
Who hasn’t squirted Motrin into her toddler’s ear when he’s putting up a feverish fight? Take a cue from Mary Poppins and mix a dose of medicine with chocolate syrup, suggests Tanya Altmann, M.D., author of “Mommy Calls”.
Hmm. I don’t remember a scene in Mary Poppins where the kids get medicine squirted in their ears. My pediatrician always advised never to stick anything in an infant or toddler’s ear.
Perhaps more disturbing than this typo (it is a typo, I hope?) is the fact the article was linked on CNN’s front page in the “Latest News” category today along with Paris Hilton and Michael Jackson gossip and other news that doesn’t remotely qualify as important on a national level, let alone befitting a global news network. You can forgive a baby blog for not discussing every day the wars military actions our nation is engaged in, or say, talking about the US Congress fighting to protect insurance companies so that 47 million people continue to live without any form of health insurance, but what’s CNN’s excuse? Why hype trivialities in the face of life-altering news for millions of citizens?