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post #21 of 113
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Originally Posted by carolhagan View Post
I have no idea what the point of this post was. LOL
Can you quote your own post. :P I just remembered (see, what sleep deprevation does to you? Last night was rough) what the point of the post was.. LOL.. I was going to say sometimes giving medication to your child to induce sleep really is necessary.
post #22 of 113
carolhagan, That must be tough. I know some children who have medical needs just don't sleep. And then they are just miserable and sick all the time. So, in those cases and under a doctors care, I agree with it.

But just to get your "normal" 2 year old to sleep? That's just crazy!

Also, we give dd Benadryl for allergic reactions (always if she comes in contact with peanuts and if she's having a nasty reaction to enviormental allergens) and it ALWAYS makes her hyper! She was up for HOURS after that! I give Tylenol for teething and it does nothing to her but stop the pain. I'm happy she doesn't react to these by being tired.
post #23 of 113
My son does not sleep well and my neighbor (unattached/no kids) suggested the same thing. : I'd never consider it, but it's funny because ds is SO resistent to medications that to knock him out for surgery they gave him an adults dose (after a childrens general AND a local). It's right up there with whiskey for teething (from my grandmother)!
post #24 of 113
I can't think of the convienience use of drugs, especially on children, as anything but sad and extremely negligent.
post #25 of 113
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Originally Posted by OriginalGirlGamer View Post
Makes me wonder what mom did to me to calm me down since I was so hyper all the time.......
Maybe there is a connection there..cough medicine's and things like benadryl got me super super hyper then I usually crashed hard.
Even as a 17 year old it could affect me like that. Then I realized those types of med's were not for me so stopped taking them.
post #26 of 113
>.>

Umm...I gave my DD gravol on a few flights.....I didn't know she was gonna get air sick or not and I really didn't feel like being covered from head to toe with toddler vomit....

GamerGirl: >.> Little OT, Dost thou play.....City of.....????
post #27 of 113
One of the guys my dh works with ex wife, killed their daughter, doing that. She gave her adult Nyquil (2.5 yrs old) and sent her into liver failure. it's not something to mess around with. I know she gave adult strength but I would think prolonged exposure to the kiddie stuff could do it too
post #28 of 113
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Originally Posted by rozzie'sma View Post
One of the guys my dh works with ex wife, killed their daughter, doing that. She gave her adult Nyquil (2.5 yrs old) and sent her into liver failure. it's not something to mess around with. I know she gave adult strength but I would think prolonged exposure to the kiddie stuff could do it too
Of course it could, bad idea all the way around.
post #29 of 113
I think if a child's sleep issues are such an issue that a parent needs to drug them to get them to sleep, it should be done under a medical professional's supervision. Just giving a toddler OTC meds for a parent's convenience seems like a bad idea to me. Not to mention the fact that we've only now discovered that Tylenol, which was supposedly so safe, damages livers. What will we find out about some of this other stuff down the road?
post #30 of 113
I think medical issues are a totally different issue. But drugging your kids to get them to sleep is a serious issue with seriosu consequences and is abuse IMO. That being said I think it also has to do with a lack of parenting skills, people need to be taught how to teach thier kids sleep habits........Honestly I would give my kids alcohol : (for relaxation not pain management) before I would give them freakin' benadryl. I'm not saying I would do this, but if I had to choose one thats what I would choose. At least I know whats in it and what affect it has on the body and its not full of all sorts of crazy medications i know nothing baout. When I was a kid (not a baby) if we were sick my dad would make us a hot toddy before bed (hot water/lemon juice/honey/whisky) he considered it medicinal use nad on an older child I would to. I will give my kid that to help ease a cold and help them rest before I'll give them a pharmaceutical.
post #31 of 113
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Originally Posted by rozzie'sma View Post
One of the guys my dh works with ex wife, killed their daughter, doing that. She gave her adult Nyquil (2.5 yrs old) and sent her into liver failure. it's not something to mess around with. I know she gave adult strength but I would think prolonged exposure to the kiddie stuff could do it too
Yikes! That's sad. A totally preventable death of a child... horrible.

I rarely give my children medication, and when the decision was made to medicate my oldest son, I felt terrible. I really did. I was actually embarresed by it for a while because I have always been so anti-medication. But, now I really feel we did what was best for everyone in the family.

Is there a spell check on this forum??
post #32 of 113
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Originally Posted by Pandora114 View Post
>.>

Umm...I gave my DD gravol on a few flights.....I didn't know she was gonna get air sick or not and I really didn't feel like being covered from head to toe with toddler vomit....

GamerGirl: >.> Little OT, Dost thou play.....City of.....????

No, I don't, but Starcraft however.........

I did read that half those meds cause an adverse reaction in kids, makes them more hyper. Not to mention nyquil is what, 17% alcohol? O_O
You might as well give them a shot of whisky, but that would be wrong wouldn't it........

I understand having sleeping problems, but people were telling me to do this because I don't get enough rest during the day. I can't give meds to a perfectly healthy kid, last time he got anything was a few weeks back when his molars came in, usually its hylands, but this time he needed tylenol.

We're flying in a few weeks, people are already saying 'Give him benadryl! He'll sleep the whole flight!'
post #33 of 113
Hmm for all of those people who are worried about flights, how about bringing along a lot of toys, snacks and the good old stand by (your boobs) to help kip DC happy? I have given DS Motrin (and tylenol when he was an infant) for things like teeth and when he seems to be hurting (cutting teeth, ear infection etc) but NEVER just to make him sleep. And like another poster, when we gave him Benedryl at the suggestion of our ped for his allergies, he was bouncing off the wall. So we switched to a prescription allergy medication which does nothing to increase or decrease sleep, it just helps with his cough and congestion.

But yes, I have heard LOTS of parents saying how they "drugged" their kids to get some sleep just as much as I have heard parents say that CIO is needed for that same reason. Neither are valid to me. Sleepless nights are something that you should expect (not love, but expect) when you have kids. Sorry just my humble oppinion.
post #34 of 113
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Originally Posted by yogachick79 View Post
Hmm for all of those people who are worried about flights, how about bringing along a lot of toys, snacks and the good old stand by (your boobs) to help kip DC happy? I have given DS Motrin (and tylenol when he was an infant) for things like teeth and when he seems to be hurting (cutting teeth, ear infection etc) but NEVER just to make him sleep. And like another poster, when we gave him Benedryl at the suggestion of our ped for his allergies, he was bouncing off the wall. So we switched to a prescription allergy medication which does nothing to increase or decrease sleep, it just helps with his cough and congestion.

But yes, I have heard LOTS of parents saying how they "drugged" their kids to get some sleep just as much as I have heard parents say that CIO is needed for that same reason. Neither are valid to me. Sleepless nights are something that you should expect (not love, but expect) when you have kids. Sorry just my humble oppinion.

Umm I brought Gravol in case she puked. It's an anti-nausiant.

I dont think toys, nursing (she was weaned at the time) or snacks would stop a kid from getting air sickness.

And yes my DD gets air sick. Gravol is my friend. I hate being covered in vomit.
post #35 of 113
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Originally Posted by yogachick79 View Post
But yes, I have heard LOTS of parents saying how they "drugged" their kids to get some sleep just as much as I have heard parents say that CIO is needed for that same reason. Neither are valid to me. Sleepless nights are something that you should expect (not love, but expect) when you have kids. Sorry just my humble oppinion.



Pandora, clearly what you describe doesn't fall into this catagory.
post #36 of 113
I've given infants Tylenol a couple of times to help teething and it coincidentally helped her sleep. Does that count? First I tried Hylands but that doesn't seem to work with DD's molars.

A couple of people have suggested whisky/tequila on a cotton ball for gums but we are just not going there. :
post #37 of 113
All these stories about kids and even some of you guys as kids makes me wonder: How many will grow up with chronic sleep disorders and grow dependent on sleeping pills? Those who were drugged as kids- do you have trouble sleeping? Cant fall asleep without pills or other sedatives? I just cant believe people do this.
post #38 of 113
Ooh Pandora, I wasn't talking about you I was reffering to the parents that gave kids meds to have an "easier" flight. Of course for motion sickness that is a completely different thing. So sorry if you thought that was directed at you! My rant was for those not on MDC that think giving meds for anything that is inconvenient is okay.
post #39 of 113
Ok cool, just to make it clear, not everyone who's popping pills/liquids down their kid's throat before takeoff is doing it for their own convinience. (well I sort of am....I dont find it very convinent to be covered in vomit for a cross country flight and I don't think DD likes throwing up either)

You wanna know what's *really* inconvinient about giving meds before a flight? If it's a puddle hopping flight..try lugging a 30 lb SLEEPING totally out of it toddler, a car seat, plus all the carry on bags off the plane and into the terminal..OY! yeah, right, convinience my ass...the flight attendants just look at you like you have 20 heads and wont offer to help....and you have no other person with you to help either :

rant over apology accepted.
post #40 of 113
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
I think if a child's sleep issues are such an issue that a parent needs to drug them to get them to sleep, it should be done under a medical professional's supervision. Just giving a toddler OTC meds for a parent's convenience seems like a bad idea to me. Not to mention the fact that we've only now discovered that Tylenol, which was supposedly so safe, damages livers. What will we find out about some of this other stuff down the road?
ITA

I could never see drugging my kid for an easier flight (not to avoid motion sickness) or to get more sleep. It screams of neglect.
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