A FURIOUS mum-of-three has labelled coronavirus stockpilers "selfish t**ts" for buying all the children's medicine in her area.
Australian mum Katie Bowman posted a scathing message on her Facebook page Living My Family Life after she was unable to buy paracetamol for her four-year-old daughter and 21-month-old twin girls.
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She wrote: "Stockpiling toilet paper and leaving others to play 'what shall I wipe my a** with today' is one thing - but stockpiling kids medicine is just plan low."
Posting a picture of the shelves of her local supermarket, Katie explained how she was struggling to find Panadol's 1-5 years syrup which reduces fevers and provides pain relief.
She continued: "As I walked down the medicine aisle, my stomach dropped. I heard an employee tell a man there is none of the 1-5y Panadol left in the surrounding towns either, so travelling to get some won't be an option."
As a result of parents stockpiling, Katie was forced to buy a variation of the medicine designed for younger children.
She added: "Toddler parents are then left with no option but to purchase the baby Panadol, which will now inevitably sell out as well.
"It's only a matter of time before there is a child out there who can't have any pain relief because other families felt the need to buy enough to pass down to their great, great grandchildren."
Referencing a fist fight which broke out over the last toilet roll in a Sydney supermarket, Katie added: "Just as I thought humanity couldn't be any more of a disappointment, people started targeting children's health.
"I don't know who needs to hear this but stop being such a selfish t**t."
It's only a matter of time before there is a child out there who can't have any pain relief because other families felt the need to buy enough to pass down to their great, great grandchildren.Katie Bowman
Since posting the rant on her Facebook page, other mums have revealed they'd also struggled to get hold of their children's medicine.
One replied: "This was me yesterday trying to get Panadol for my seven month old twins who are unwell and have fevers. I cried in the chemist."
Another added: "Ok, now I’m concerned. This scares me more than anything, as well as formula being wiped out.
"Even as a family of 6 we can deal without toilet paper, paper towel and even baby wipes or nappies. There are ways.
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- Pasta – high in carbs and stores well. Can be used in loads of different meals
- Rice – high in carbs and stores well. Can be used in loads of different meals
- Lentils – nutritious, easy to cook and a good source of protein
- Pulses – nutritious, easy to cook and a good source of protein
- Cereal/oats – avoid ones with processed sugars
- Beans – a good source of protein
- Canned meat
- Canned fish
- Canned veg – full of vitamins. Keep the liquid for stocks
- Canned fruits – get your vitamins.
- Dried fruits – last for ages and keep your fruit intake up
- Powdered milk – it may not taste great on it’s own but is good for oats.
- Soups – can be used as the base for other dishes
- Baking goods to make bread
- Nuts – for protein and fats
- Coffee and tea
- Herbs and spices – to help flavour foods
- Sweets – not just for a treat, good for a quick bit of energy.
- Bottled water – it’ll be clean
- Anything specific for kids under two years old, if you have kids
- Pet supplies, if you have pets
"But with a baby of peak, frequent immunisation age, teething to begin any day now and a specialised formula feeding being her only option of nutrition, this is a real worry."
A third replied: "My little guy is actually sick, and needed Panadol yesterday as we don't use it often I didn't know I was almost out.....
"My friend saved the day but the chemist was like you are lucky you got this!!"
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