She Mail: Drugging Kids On Long Drives
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I’m a little concerned about something my brother & his wife have been doing with their kids. They live in Granbury and we live in Dallas but any time they come to visit, they give both of their children Benadryl so they’ll sleep the whole trip. Their kids are 2 and 4 and they just konk out on the stuff, but I think that’s excessive for such a short trip. Plus, it seems like they’re drugging their kids so it rubs me the wrong way.
I’d like to say something about it but I know it’s going to make my brother mad. It doesn’t take much to wind him up anyhow. So, is my brother drugging his kids or am I over-thinking it?
Stressed Out Sista
Dear Stressed Out Sista,
I need to come clean immediately and tell you that I DO give my children Benadryl when we go on road trips. Both of my children suffer from motion sickness in the car and after numerous attempts with Dramamine (which my kids would barf up too) our Pediatrician suggested Benadryl. It has worked wonders for us. It does NOT make my kids sleepy and in fact, Benadryl often has the completely OPPOSITE effect and can cause hyperactivity.
Here are some points to remember about Benadryl:
- Always talk with your pediatrician before giving any medicine to your child.
- Never ever use Benadryl in a child under age 1.
- Some children have a paradoxical effect (opposite from the desired effect) and get wired.
- If you decide to use Benadryl for travel, try a dose at home first. Don’t attempt a new med at the airport or on the plane for the first time.
If you are still concerned about your brother, you could suggest a Travel Box. He can fill it with his kid’s favorite toys, coloring books, crayons or ANYTHING that would keep them occupied. Maybe they can find a way to keep the kids entertained instead of putting them to sleep.
Hope that helps you, Sista!
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