Cocaine for Babies

I feel bad for parents dealing with teething babies (babies with growing teeth). It seems nothing can soothe (calm and quiet) them when they have a toothache (pain in the tooth).

But if you were a parent in the U.S. in the 1880s, and you went to the pharmacy (store where drugs and medications are sold) for something to help your baby, the pharmacist may have handed you (given you) some Cocaine Toothache Drops (see photo).

Cocaine is a highly-addictive (something your body wants and needs very badly) illegal (against the law) drug. It is usually used in the form of white powder (very small solid pieces, like dust).

Drops are small solid candies that you put in your mouth and suck on while they slowly dissolve (turn from a solid to a liquid).

These cocaine drops promised an instantaneous (immediate) cure (something that will make you healthy again). It’s not clear how much cocaine was in each drop, but I’m pretty sure the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) would not approve it today. The FDA is the government agency that now regulates (makes rules about) drugs sold in the U.S.

I wonder what parents 100 years from now will say about some of the medicines we give children today!

~ Jeff

Image Credit: National Institute of Health
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15 Responses to Cocaine for Babies

  1. Peter says:

    Hi chief ,
    Are u sure the drops had not been a snake oil of sorts.

    You know what I mean. back then , there were these fake medicines-mostly in the form of syrups though – drug pedlars hawked on the streets claiming they were cure almost everything and sometimes their sale pitch was that said drugs had a rejuvenating agent.
    I have a sneaking suspicion that the add promoting a snake oil of sorts.
    Besides , don’t you think , back then parents -if not deeply – had some sort of awareness about the adverse affects of narcotics.
    I m sure they didn’t want to put their kids ‘ health at risk by having them take a cocaine to just overcome hive fever or dry coughs.

    I wouldn’t take it as fave value chief.


  2. Peter says:

    U know
    I heard ,The worst part of toddlers growing in teeth is that they chew on everything within their reach. I mean everything.
    I heard ,their gums get itchy as their teeth come in. As a result ,they chew on anything they can get their hands on. It is their way of relieving -rather alleviating- the annoyingly itchy feeling. What they don’t know is that the itchy feeling is gone just temporarily. They are good until they spot the next chewable object.
    I hear ,the phase is a nightmare for parents as they must be on the look out-like 24/7- for what their toddlers put in their months. I m telling you they grab on almost everything and keep rubbing the front part of their gums against it.
    Well , seemingly the front teeth come in first and then the rest of the teeth follow suit.
    Don’t go by me though.
    I am no expert as I m kidless


  3. Peter says:

    Helo folks ,

    The First full moon of autumn equinox peaks tonight known as the harvest moon
    It gets its nickname from its extra bright blow.
    The extra shiny moon makes it possible for farmers to gather crops by night ergo “the harvest moon”

    What made the harvest moon in 2016 news worthy was the fact that
    a supermoon which Is a rare occurrence. I tell you , only a handful of them were observed over a long time span- long period rather.
    What makes the harvest moon more interesting tonight is that the harvest moon almost never comoes to its peak ,Never forms on October. She typically turns up in late September -almost never in October.
    No guys
    Most definitely, it has nothing to do with climate change. Please don’t go there.
    U know , it has some thing to do with sun -earth-moon alignment.

    The anomaly has happened only few times -sporadically of course- ,based on recorded celestial history.

    I m following its threat because I m an avid moon watcher
    I will look up for sure tonight
    I had a telescope but it got busted!!
    I lent it to my stupid friend. You’d think , i’d Learn.
    Sure enough ,he broke it
    But this time around ,I learned my lesson
    the moral lesson here is
    Never borrow your valuables to family and friends.

    you can’t berate them for it nor you can ask for a restitution of sorts.
    I m telling you , at that point , you are pretty much screwed!!!

    Off course , you will get a sheepish sorry but sorry never cuts it , my friends
    I m telling you

  4. Peter says:

    I know guys
    U r sicking tired of me keep popping up here. U maybe right!!
    In my defence , I work in this dog-eat-dog work environment that pressure is on like all the work hours.
    it only gets worse as we approach to the most festive time of the year “ the holiday season.”
    The projects keep pilling up , managers gets mean and stickler, projects’ time lines get shorter and tighter, in other words , hell breaks loose in the department.
    As it probably echos , I need to let some steam off from time to time. U know , I am talking about the pause that refreshes. Well eslpod station is one of my pit spots away from the hectic of work.

    So bear with me the worst has passed !


  5. Tania says:


    I don’t know, but is not the autumn equinox on September 22?
    I am curious to know.

  6. Peter says:

    Hey Tania
    You are rights but sometimes -every once in a blue moon -she turns up early October. This year is one of those rarities.
    Last years , the harvest moon was a supermoon which is as rare.


  7. Tania says:


    Thank you, Peter. I like your posts , and yes…
    and “the harvest moon” phrase.

  8. Tania says:


    I have read recently an article where FDA appeared frequently.
    FDA, FDA … Who is FDA?
    I now know thanks to you, dear Jeff.
    Thank you.

  9. Tania says:


    Thank you for using the word “instantaneous”.
    We use to say “instantaneu”, but “instant” is a very trendy word .
    Not only instant coffee, but instead of instantaneous.

  10. Tania says:


    I think that instead of so many chemicals from the drugs that we use, maybe a
    cocaine drop is better.
    I am frightened of using drugs, but they are very good in hospitals for
    desperate cases.

  11. Tania says:

    Just a good news to me from Romania.
    Simona Halep, Romania, is currently ranked world No.1 in
    women’s singles tennis.

  12. Tania says:


    Dear Emiliano, please tell us more about what happens in Spain.
    Which is your opinion?

  13. Tania says:


    The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 received by the American scientists
    “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector ( the Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory) and the observation
    of gravitational waves.”

  14. Tania says:


    “This is something completely new and different, opening us
    unseen worlds.
    Gravitational waves spread at the speed of light, filling the universe.
    They are always created when a mass accelerates, like a pair
    of black holes rotate around each other.”
    It seems to be something science fiction.
    The waves from the black holes… Fantastic but it is true.

  15. Tania says:


    An Autumn Greeting

    “Come”, said the Wind to the Leaves one day.
    Come over the meadow and we will play.

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