(XPed from Nov. 2012)
A radio show I listen to was discussing giving kids (not babies - toddlers and older) Benadryl to "calm them" down for flights, long car trips, whatever. The sides were: sure, it won't hurt and oh heck no! So what do you think? No harm no foul? Gateway to a life of Ambien usage? Other?
Also. Is using Benadryl on an airplane akin to putting rice cereal in your infant's bottle to help them sleep through the night? Why or why not?
For the record, I'm in the heck no to Benadryl AND rice cereal camp. I think it's ridiculous to "drug" your child to make your life more convenient. Parenting isn't easy. No one ever said it would be. If your kid doesn't sleep, then you need to deal with it. S didn't sleep through the night until she was 2. It sucks, but you figure it out. You don't "drug" your child, or give them rice cereal in their bottle before they're digestive tract is ready, just to make your life easier. Being a parent means putting your kid's needs first.
AngelSmitty: This reminds me of something my college Human Sexuality professor used to say in class. "Sex is between the legs. Gender is between the ears."