Sedating children on flights

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Even more important is that, with any medication, there can be dangerous side effects, such as a fast or irregular heartbeat, seizures, and changes in blood pressure.

Diphenhydramine does have a long track record of safety and efficacy as an antihistamine, but some children get wired or hyperactive instead of sleepy when taking such drugs!It’s not unusual for parents to consider avoiding such potential problems by using medication to make their baby sleep.Medication is a tempting way to keep your baby quiet for a few hours during a trip, but I don’t recommend it.Subsequent analysis revealed that the juice contained Xanax, a medication for treating anxiety. In an FBI investigation, the flight attendant denied drugging the child. (We tend to recall our more exasperating flights, even if they are rare.) 2.That so few infants cry in flight is actually surprising considering that air travel disrupts their sleep and feeding schedules, they rest in unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable positions, and, if they are on a lap, are disturbed every time the parent moves. Medicating infants solely to please parents and other passengers goes against the grain of modern medical ethics. (Though there is a counter argument: If we knew infants are crying because of abdominal cramps or earaches most doctors and parents would medicate to relieve the discomfort.)Our surveys indicate that infants who do cry are generally the same ones who cry excessively at home, and often at about the same hours on the clock.

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