Most experts agree -- using cold and allergy medicine to sedate kids
is wrong. But that doesn't stop parents.
If flying is a hassle, flying with kids is a nightmare. As seats get smaller and in-flight amenities fewer, more and more parents are dosing their kids with sleeping aids to make it though long flights hassle-free. According to a poll on the website lilsugar, a whooping 58% of parents think it's okay to use Benadryl, an allergy medicine or other medicinal sleep aids to help kids sleep on a plane.
"Benadryl is not intended as a sedative," warns pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson
. "It is an antihistamine meant to help treat allergic symptoms. It is not a convenience for parents to help with an "extended nap" on airplanes. Additionally," says Dr. Cara, "The FDA came out with a warning earlier this year to change the labeling on many cough and cold medications warning parents "should not give to children under age 4."
And the risks can be deadly. Just check out Casey Anthony, who's defense is inferring this may have been the fate of little Caylee.
What about us? While most of us are certainly NOT like Casey
, haven't most of us been guilty of giving our children medicine they really didn't need just for the desired side-effect?
Well, the more you know
...the more you can change, right?
What do you think?