How to test your child’s tube babies
In January, the FDA told parents that it would no longer approve pediatric drugs for children under 5 years old.
But the agency hasn’t done the same for kids under 5.
That is because it’s not a child’s first birthday, and testing is still not included in the definition of the term “birthday.”
In order to legally make the change, the Food and Drug Administration would have to add a “test tube” category.
But because the FDA only allows tests to be administered in adults and not kids, it’s unclear if they’ll do that.
And even if it did, it would still leave kids like Bibi and Noah with little guidance on how to test their own babies.
Bibi and her family have taken the FDA’s advice and used a toy to test each of their four children.
But it’s been hard to get them to use the toy.
“It’s kind of hard to explain,” Bibi said.
“You have to say, ‘Oh my god, my kids are using this toy, but they’re not even doing it in the right way.’
And they just sort of sit there, and you know, ‘No, no, no.
It’s not working, it won’t work.'”
Bibi said she is “really upset” by the FDA decision, adding that they have “taken the FDA out of their equation.”
“I don’t know what the FDA wants us to do.
They don’t want us to use their toys,” she said.
She and her husband, Josh, have been trying to get FDA approval for the test tube test for a year.
“I think they’re doing it because they think that it’s easier for us, that we’ll be able to go to doctors and we can just say, I have a problem, I need to have my tubes tested.
We just want them to do it in a controlled setting,” she explained.
Bibeau and Josh say that is the reason they have been so reluctant to use a toy.
“It’s a little scary for them, because they know that there’s a chance that they’re going to be in the hospital for their entire lives and not have a shot of any medication,” Josh explained.
Josh, who is not pregnant, said he’s also worried that the FDA may force parents to use tubes at their own risk.
“I think the FDA will just go back to using a syringe,” he said.
“And we just don’t have that option, you know?”
Bibi hopes the FDA makes the change so that parents can be more informed and have the confidence to use tests at home.
“When I was pregnant, I didn’t know that it was really possible for me to go into the hospital,” she added.