I judge when there is no reason for it. And except for clearing tubes i am yet to hear a good reason to give a young child coke. Even sips imo are bad because you are just allowing them to taste something they shouldn't consume, or want to drink. There are so many reasons why coke is bad for a child that I am not sure why any parent would bother.
I am going to be controversial and say I don't think diabetes is a good enough reason either sorry. I have nannied children and had people in my family as children and a friend all with diabetes, none of them "needed" diet drinks as treats, just like every other child doesn't need a treat a day or meal, or even at a special function etc. I am saying this specifically because in DH's family there are young children with diabetes who have huge jugs of diet coke at every family function like it is water, because "they need it" to feel ok, or involved or like it is a party for them as well. It just isn't needed and it is damaging.
ETA not commenting on hypo situations, more people who give it as a sugar free/carb free treat for very young children. Although in a hypo you could give other things, not coke so I still don't see the need.
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26-07-2013 17:06 #121
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26-07-2013 17:10 #122
For what it's worth, I've only resorted to coke once and that was after many attempts at raising my sons blood sugar to a safe level.
26-07-2013 17:12 #123So do you?
I think looking out for the health of those who can't for themselves and being looked after by those who don't know or care is a community service.
So hell yes I judge. I think it's poor form giving that stuff to kids and whenever I see it happening, I walk over and I say something.
I know. A tad confrontational. But I don't care. Coke harms children.
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26-07-2013 17:15 #124
I would judge, yes, if it's being used as thirst quencher. An occasional sip or for diabetic reasons etc, I have no problem with.
Maybe I'm just really unused to it, my kids can't tolerate juice or soft drink in their diet, maybe it doesn't effect all kids the way it does mine. But the thought of putting coke in their little tummies, I just couldn't do it. I used to drink it myself, and smoke, eat Maccas etc, I'm partial to kit-kats & m&m's, so I'm no angel when it comes to junk food. But when it comes to my kids tummies, I couldn't put that cr@p in them. It's far more than just sugar & caffeine, it's highly processed, chemical-laden and full of gas that their little tummies can't process. so yep, I'm anti-coke for kids, ho hum!
26-07-2013 17:18 #125
26-07-2013 17:21 #126
to misread the rest of your post.
I don't offer my son coke diet or not, as a treat at all, with or without diabetes.
If you read my post, I said ONCE I have used coke when nothing else would work and it was measured to 100ml. All other times I use juice ( :-O) or glucodin tablets. It's as a good a reason as clearing tubes, which you said was the only good reason.
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26-07-2013 17:25 #127
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26-07-2013 17:26 #128
26-07-2013 17:27 #129
I've even had to give DD1 Gatorade for days on end after a month long vomiting virus depleted her little body of all sugars making her hypo continuously and we had to get her sugar stores back up.
And as for a sip of diet coke as a treat here or there ( no I didn't say a can or bottle) well next time you give your child a ice cream or lolly as a treat think of my child that doesn't have that and wonder 'how can I judge when I'm still giving sugary, addictive food'??
26-07-2013 17:27 #130
I'm pretty interested medically though, as to why glucodin, or other options weren't going to work, only coke. If it were a situation where you were stuck at home with nothing and had to improvise well of course that is out of the usual and I would think anyone would agree you had no choice. I am saying where there IS choice, or when it is being used as a carb free treat, then no, I don' think it is a good enough reason.
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