The one medicine I REALLY wish I could prescribe – the ChillPill!

Image If only….

While conventionally the best and most effective meds we have in Paediatrics are paracetamol (Calpol), ibuprofen (Neurofen) or Tylenol (US friends) and also AMETOP / EMLA etc in hospital, distress is caused by more than just pain and fever.

In fact, both pain & fever in children tend to be acute and short-lived. Anxiety and stress are much more deep-seated, pervasive and omnipresent. What takes them away? Understanding, reasonable explanation, support & often some form of therapy such as Solution-Focused Therapy, CBT, ACT & others.

BUt a ChillPill? The Holy Grail of psychological distress. Prozac was touted as the miracle in depression, so maybe it’s not just pie in the sky. Maybe. But in the meantime, the hard slog things do work, and they do reduce distress.

You never know though, if Big Pharma are listening – develop us a chill pill & you’ll make your fortunes!


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