Sedating your baby for flight
It being the busiest travel day of the year tomorrow and all, I thought you should know: If it were my child, I would not use Benadryl on the airplane, car or train to knock my kid out. Yes, I heard about the 2-year old getting kicked off the Southwest plane in October for being too loud.I hear you in not wanting to be the ditto on that story.One mom, Jill Smokler, said she doesn't vilify parents who medicate their kids: "It's not the end of the world." "It's certainly better than being pushed to edge, spanking a child or slamming doors or really losing it," she said.But drugging children with over-the-counter or prescription medications can have unintended consequences, said the author of a research published Thursday, who likened the practice to child abuse.Children can get dry mouth, stomachache, nausea, vomiting or rarely an allergic response to the med, heart palpitations, rash or other neurologic changes. A paradoxical (opposite) response, some kids get totally wired and a little crazy on it, too.The crazy-hyper-nutty is not dangerous, but can be disastrous in a travel setting.With Benadryl, those effects are often on the brain, gastrointestinal system and skin.One of the side effects from Benadryl is that it’s sedating, hence why people talk about using it for travel.
Yin said the poison data most likely underestimates the actual number of cases.
The research, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, found an average 160 annual cases in which pharmaceutical drugs were maliciously used on children.
"We believe the malicious use of pharmaceuticals may be an under-recognized form and/or component of child maltreatment," wrote the author, Dr. Using information from the National Poison Data System, Yin found that children were most commonly receiving analgesics, stimulants/street drugs, sedatives, hypnotics, antipsychotics and cough or cold medications. Of those, 14 percent resulted in injuries, and 18 children died.
When the being together made me feel lonelier than truly connected.
Who knew you could get so excited about a little, “gobble, gobble.” The smallest in our family also make holidays more complicated though.