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post #41 of 90
Bach Flower remedies... (Most known brand is Rescue Remedy). They have drops, and a pump mist spray--two pumps into the mouth is all it takes. The one with the alcohol is fine for kids--the amount of alcohol is so minimal. And you can use more than 2 pumps if you need to. Or put more than 2 drops into a glass of juice, etc.

I use it myself, but often need more than the 2 spray dose.

A lot less risky than benadryl or any other meds.
post #42 of 90
I have had so many people suggest that I do that when I fly! It's really appalling. I will bring the rescue remedy when we fly to India (for myself!! and the girls if needed).

BTW Benedryl doesn't always make kids sleepy. Some kids just get grumpy and disoriented, or even hyper.
post #43 of 90
One of my co-workers admitted giving Benadryl (sp?) to his two young toddlers for a flight.... I was so shocked that I didn't even know what to say. I am pretty paranoid about giving L medicine when she *is* sick, let alone in an instance like this! What I do for flights is bring some books and toys, and of course there's always the tried-n-true mommy milk. Of course, our flights have never been more than 4 hours. We did do a road trip last fall which involved 4 days of driving, and it was the mommy show pretty much continuously. Let's just say it was not my idea of a good time, or my daughter's (and I don't blame her! Who'd want to be strapped into a car seat for that long, even though we were stopping a lot to stretch our legs, etc.) I wouldn't have given her a sedative though, because I would be afraid to.

The last flight we were on had either a really rapid descent or poor cabin pressure, because *everyone* was having ear trouble. I had to un-strap L from her car-seat to nurse her, which seemed to be the only relief I could provide her with. I could hear other poor little kids/babies screaming from the pain, too, and *I* was ready to scream about the pain in my own ears!
post #44 of 90
On flights I wait to see how things are going, and often (but not always, my 6 yo can sometimes handle it) end up giving herbal or homeopathic remedies, like Valerian or Hyland's Calms for Kids. My kids get so excited about the flight that while they are completely exhausted, they can't sleep. Add the natural nervousness to the lights, noises, food smells and movies, and we have experienced disaster when I've been unable to help them calm down somehow. Nursing for hours and hours I have done, and it was no fun. I almost always travel alone on 15-24 hours trips with them; I need them to sleep so that I can sleep, so that I can cope with the trip and keep them safe and their needs met. I would never give them Benadryl or anything like that, but the herbs, oh yes!
post #45 of 90
I haven't done it, but when I was a little baby, my parents gave me some type of sedative (at their doctor's recommendation) for a flight from Alaska to New York. My mother said they worried about me because it was days after the flight before I really fully woke up.
post #46 of 90
My sil has with my nephew from ST. Louis to Japan and back. My niece has never had a single problem my nephew on the other hand. He pukes the entire time with out meds. She tried it the first time with out meds and while in Japan she got something for the way home.

He gets sick on long drives, also. So he sometime they give him something on the way to but not on the way back. My sil and brother don't like doing this but when your child vomits on you, your front window, or the people around you on a plane, in a train, or car it doesn't make for a easy time.

It isn't Benadryl, though. I know she uses some herbal on long drives but something perscribed for flights.
post #47 of 90
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One even admitted that she dosed her kiddo every night, just to avoid a fight!


I saw someone drummed off a message board for giving her eight week old benadryl, and rightly so.

Sythea - yes, that would be my concern - that it'd send her hyper, but at the same time, I would hate to give a test dose - bit of a rock and a hard place.

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I bet most of the respondants in the survey are on 3-hour flights or less.
Yes, I bet you're right, and that's just ridiculous, but I'm trying to think the best of people this week (it's not working)

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what possible scenario would lead to me bringing my child *regularly* on long flights?
Curiosity isn't a crime! That's just how big the world is - pretty much any continent to continent flight is going to bump you up over the 15 hour mark - add short flights on either end and you're talking a full day's travel. There's no way on earth I would leave her behind while I went on holiday (not to mention she'd starve and her grandparents would kill me - I'd die of loneliness). So yes, while the travel sucks, I like to have her with me.

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my dd wouldn't nurse in public at the time. at all. would only nurse laying down in fact. she went 6 hours at 3 months old without nursing
OMG - we have the same child!! Ever fed her as she lies across the seats and you kneel on the floor?

Flyingspaghettimama, you kill me. May have been a hell flight, but it's a brilliant story!
post #48 of 90
Well, for us, as I said in my previous post, we travel A LOT with dd. She's barely 4 and we've been to over a dozen countries with her since her first trip abroad at 5 months old. Not just overnight plane rides, but via train as well. Like all other aspects of parenting, you have to make a choice about how to handle each particular situation. I've given her Benedryl on maybe 2 or 3 of these trips because I was making a conscious decision to make HER life easier. I wouldn't think a short little plane or train ride would warrant giving your kid something to make them sleep, but I'm not even going to be judgemental about that. When living in Germany, we once took a day trip to Salzburg - we left very early as it is about 4 hours there by train. Dd (3 at the time) ran around the train because she was excited about the trip. Fell asleep when we got there and let me lug her around the city all day, then ran around the train on the late, long train ride home. I would have given her benedryl in a heartbeat then. It was a disasterous trip. And we planned it very well and she was still nursing then.
post #49 of 90
We've taken to giving our 20-month old DD something (gravol, 1/2 dose) for any tripin a moving vehicle that lasts longer than about 20 minutes.

If we don't, we are amid vomit central.

Do I feel badly for drugging my child ? Nope. I feel bad when she sits, strapped in her carseat, covered in vomit, heaving and puking, for ANY length of time - and it's NOT always possible to immediately pull over to clean up and let her system settle down, or to drive for 30 minutes then stop for 30 minutes.

So, we give her a 1/2 dose of an OTC anti-naseaunt drug (Gravol here, Dramamine in the USA I think). It's enough to make her drowsy, and between that and the motion of the vehicle she usually sleeps. And when she sleeps, she's not *usually* going to vomit.
post #50 of 90
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post #51 of 90
Could the person wearing the flameproof suit pass it to me now? I was actually hoping to find drugging suggestions on this thread.
Next month we will be flying to visit my father who is about to begin treatment for cancer. Haven't gone to see him in over 2 years. He comes here because I hate flying. Considered driving but decided days spent in the car would be worse than hours spent on a plane. My 3 year old will wake up early and travel all day. (3 hours in the car with stops drives him batty.) I would really like to know I have something in our bag that can help reduce ds's stress level and maybe even allow him to sleep. I would happily just drug myself but will be busy nursing the baby nonstop and trying not to notice how trapped I feel while performing a one woman show for a captive child who will scream bloody murder if daddy tries to take over because Mama obviously has her hands full with the baby so only mama will do.
I know this trip will be extremely difficult for my child. I will do everything in my power to make him comfortable without the use of any drugs natural or otherwise. Absolute worst case scenario a dose of Benadryl just doesn't seem that horrific in the grand scheme of things.
post #52 of 90
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Originally Posted by allbrightmama
Could the person wearing the flameproof suit pass it to me now? I was actually hoping to find drugging suggestions on this thread.
Next month we will be flying to visit my father who is about to begin treatment for cancer. Haven't gone to see him in over 2 years. He comes here because I hate flying. Considered driving but decided days spent in the car would be worse than hours spent on a plane. My 3 year old will wake up early and travel all day. (3 hours in the car with stops drives him batty.) I would really like to know I have something in our bag that can help reduce ds's stress level and maybe even allow him to sleep. I would happily just drug myself but will be busy nursing the baby nonstop and trying not to notice how trapped I feel while performing a one woman show for a captive child who will scream bloody murder if daddy tries to take over because Mama obviously has her hands full with the baby so only mama will do.
I know this trip will be extremely difficult for my child. I will do everything in my power to make him comfortable without the use of any drugs natural or otherwise. Absolute worst case scenario a dose of Benadryl just doesn't seem that horrific in the grand scheme of things.
How long is your trip? Do you have layovers or is it a straight shot?
post #53 of 90
I think if you have a really high spirted child and are going to be on a plane over 10hours and they refuse to sleep and just scream the whole time then yes why not.
post #54 of 90
My daughter has flown many many times since 13 months. The first trip was over 15 hours long. She nursed a lot and slept because there wasn't much else to do on the plane. There were a few uncomfortable moments but we managed. But after she weaned, we still didn't consider dosing her with a sedative. I don't feel comfortable with that. I'm not bashing someone who does. I wonder if there may be another option but I wouldn't flame someone who has chosen this.

In about a week, we will be flying for about 16 hours. She' s 7 now. Lately, she's only flown on trips that lasted 7 hours or less. I have lots of toys, books, games, movies and drawing supplies. We hope things go well!
post #55 of 90
YEP I SURE DID! i gave her Benedryl also and i wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
post #56 of 90
As my friend asked me, How is it we ended up in the first generation that is not allowed to drug our kids?

So, Benedryl, eh? This thread is so informative. :
post #57 of 90
lol... I would try it before the plane though because as another poster said it doesn't always make the kids sleepy, it can do the opposite.

My ped suggested the Benedryl
post #58 of 90
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Originally Posted by thismama
As my friend asked me, How is it we ended up in the first generation that is not allowed to drug our kids?
Well, in my parents' day, whisky was recommended as a teething soother...no wonder I am the way I am today! My chiro gave her kids boone's because she couldn't afford whisky. Those were the (70s) days...

I don't this supposed contradiction- ie. it's not bfing VS benedryl. Some of us have tried the bfing - my daughter wouldn't even do it on the plane unless asleep - she was too agitated and interested in everything else going on...and then she'd get hungry, and the mad, mad cycle ensues. So, that's why I tried it at least ... I was hoping that she might have a less-stressful flight for once. Ah well.

It is so easy once they turn five though!
post #59 of 90
Drugs aren't something I'd consider either, although if my dc were miserable on a plane I might be tempted to try a few herbs/homeopathics. As is our flights aren't more than 2-4 hours (from MI to FL or vice versa), and we don't have more than a bit of crankiness at the worst ( the boys and I are flying out Tuesday morning).

The one thing I'd like to point out is that most mainstream parents do not consider Benydryl to be dangerous at all. They think of it the same we do hylands, etc. In that light I can understand why many do not feel it is wrong/terrible -- at least those who use it to make their child more comfortable...
post #60 of 90
Star of Bethlehem (one of the components of Rescue Remedy) is considered poisonous especially to small animals and children. I would not give it to any child.
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