6 Kids Drugs We Secretly Miss – Best Life

Certain childhood joys hold a special place in our hearts. Maybe it’s a favorite sugary cereal, a classic video game, or a toy that can now only be found on eBay. It could even be… the sweet, tart crunch of baby aspirin?

It’s true. While medicine is of course serious business (and needs to be kept in a safe place out of the reach of children), we still have fond memories of certain children’s medications. That’s because they tasted sweet, and – well, that was it. They tasted sweet even though they were medicine! Read on for six of our favorites and to remind yourself of your own.

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This pink, sticky syrup is an antibiotic that’s often prescribed to children with bacterial infections, such as a sore throat. “As a child I was a carrier of sore throat until I got my tonsils out, [and] I have gum medicine like every 4 weeks,” recalled one Twitter user. “The best time of my life.”

Unfortunately, some of today’s kids won’t be able to experience the classic taste of amoxicillin. “It’s now this white stuff with an eggnog texture and it tastes really awful,” lamented another Twitter user. “I’m sorry my kids missed this his glory days.”

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When we think of the flavors we loved growing up, grape springs to mind—a purple, artificial-tasting type of grape found in treats like Hubba Bubba Bubblegum, Blow-Pops, Nerds, or…Dimetapp . Dimetapp is a medicine for cough, cold and allergy symptoms and is fondly remembered by adults. So affectionate, in fact, that one person likened it to the “Proustian Madeleine” in an article published by The Atlantic.

“Several people have mentioned to me that the flavor they associate most with childhood illnesses is Grape Dimetapp Cough Syrup,” the author says Julia Beck pondered. She then tried Dimetapp as an adult and offered this report: “My assessment as an adult is that it tastes pretty good. Like a melted grape Jolly Rancher, but a little hotter.”

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There’s nothing remotely sweet about pinworms. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls them “unpleasant to look at,” but another way of describing them is “the stuff nightmares are made of.” They cause itching but are otherwise harmless and can be treated with an oral medication that’s available both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) form.

However, someone had a great idea to make the banana flavored medicine. Delicious! When we were kids, the sweet taste and creamy texture were almost pleasant enough to distract us from the fact that worms literally lived in our butts.

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Cough and sore throat? Big crap. Basically sucking on candy for the entire duration of an illness? A win for every child. Luden’s cough drops with the tantalizing “wild cherry” flavor (not just cherry, mind you –wild cherry) didn’t taste particularly mentholated or medicinal in any way (I get your point, Ricola!), but apparently they contain an oral demulsifier that can really help relieve a sore throat or persistent cough. For those who want to expand their taste buds, the popular cough drop also comes in blue raspberry flavor.

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A pink favorite like amoxicillin, Pepto Bismol was confusing to our senses. The color suggested chewing gum, but it tasted like… mint? As kids, we didn’t stop pondering this mystery, instead focusing on the fact that maybe, just maybe, Pepto Bismol would keep us from puking.

In an article on the subject, the LA times called Pepto Bismol “Probably the only substance on the planet that looks like chewing gum but tastes like mint,” and explained that the original formula contained stomach-soothing oil of wintergreen. While today’s Pepto no longer has that ingredient, it has retained the minty flavor we loved so much as kids.

Our parents may not have known this, but Pepto isn’t actually intended for children under the age of 12. “For kids ages two to 11, turn to Pepto Kids, which is designed with your little ones in mind,” suggests the Pepto Bismol website.

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Would it be so terrible for vitamin manufacturers to make adult vitamins and supplements that taste like the original Flintstones vitamins? “The cartoon family made nutrition as fun and delicious as Pez,” gushed an article on MeTV. “The chewable vitamins have evolved over the years, adding characters and gummy flavors, but for Boomer and Gen-X, nothing beats the originals.”

Flintstones sure tasted like candy, but with a soup that can only be described as vitamin-packed acidity. They came in different colors and in the form of different characters, although it was difficult to tell them apart. A word of warning: While recalling them warmly in an article published by Spoon University, one author warned that Flintstones “taste absolutely awful” when combined with milk.

Best Life provides the most up-to-date information from top experts, emerging research and public health authorities, but our content is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. When it comes to taking medication or other health-related questions, always consult your doctor directly.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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