Would you sedate your child for a better night´s sleep?

@GuateMom (1411)
Canada
June 26, 2007 4:57pm CST
I was at the pharmacy today and there was a woman with a toddler, about two, and she was buying Benadryl. She commented to the checkout clerk that it was to help her son sleep, since he had difficulties sleeping at night. I know Benadryl is usually used for allergies, but apparently it also has a sedative effect. Would you use Benadryl to get your insomniac toddler to sleep better?
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I would give it to my child if they were having trouble sleeping BECAUSE they were sick but that's all. I don't really like giving my sick children medication to begin with, I can't imagine giving it to a perfectly healthy child. The closest I've come to doing this is with my youngest. Right after he gets his shots he has a hard time sleeping because he likes to fall asleep snuggling with me but he can't when his legs hurt from shots. I can tell when he's uncomfortable and over tired so I'll give him Tylenol or Motrin then to ease the pain and make him comfortable enough to fall asleep. I don't see that as the same as using the Benadryl though. I have also heard of parents giving their children Benadryl to make them sleep during long car rides and plane trips. I can't believe sedating a child has any positive benefits and I don't know why parents do this kind of thing
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• India
27 Jun 07
No,never , if a toddler doesnt want to sleep then it's because th baby didnt have enough play time that day, tire the baby with games and fun and i'm sure he'll sleep well, and u will too ;)
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
I don´t know. My toddler can be outside, running and riding his trike and playing ball all day, no nap, and he still won´t fall asleep at night until very late adn he wakes up several times. This isn´t every night, now, mind you, but it does happen. So, I don´t think tiring a kid out is always the solution. It can tire Mom out even more! lol. My firstborn woke up 10-20 times a night for most of his life (thank God he´s stopped that, because now I have a newborn, too!). I was working for about 9 months of that, at home, but working to writing deadlines and such and trying to write with only a couple of hours of very broken sleep (some nights I only slept 15 minutes at a time) was virtually impossible!
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@mhayes7 (22)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Never! I only use medecine with my child when he really needs it. There are lots of natural ways to help your child sleep, no medication required.
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
Want to share some of those methods? My 18 month old frequently has nights of sleeplessness.
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@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I have heard cases where the doctor has told the mom every once in awhile(not everyday)to give the child something to help them sleep especailly in children who are hyperactive.But I have never given my kids anything like this just to get them sleep.Only if he is sick and need medicine will I give it to him.The doctor told me to give my son Triminic (the night time medicine)since he was sick and it would help him rest.Butthat was when he was sick.I usually try to read a book or let my kids run in the yard ,ect.to wear themselves out.It usually works.I have some wild nights with my son but not alot.
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
Oh my that is horrible! Benadryl is a sedative and will help them sleep when they are sick but if they are not sick then she is doing more harm to the child than she realizes. I never gave medicine to my children until they needed it. I have to wonder if it was to give the child a better sleep or let her sleep longer.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
I would never give it to a child, just to help them sleep, unless of course it was prescribed by a doctor. I know there are many adults who have had this prescribed for them for the purpose of aiding sleep. Most OTC sleep remedies contain some type of anti-histamine, as most of them do have a sedative effect. Many cold medicines have them as well, because they help to dry up your sinuses. I have given my children benedryl when they are very, very sick. There have been times when the poor things wouldn't have gotten any rest if it weren't for the little nudge. Of course you should only do this under a doctors care. You also need to be sure that if you give them any other type of medicine, that it does not contain this anti-histamine or any other. Here are a couple of websites that show some of the products that have benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCI): http://www.pfizerch.com/brand.aspx?id=34 It is also the active ingredient in Unisom.
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@GEOvanne (94)
• Jamaica
27 Jun 07
my aunt give my cousin a little rum. not alot, just about half a spoon. it works everytime. and during the day, a walk in he sun also helps. but not directly in the sun.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
no thats just sad. thst should be consider child abuse
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• United States
27 Jun 07
Yess..and before i get slammed and yeled at let me explain plz lol..when my son was 2 he had a horrible time sleeping at night..and had aweful nightmares..and to this day i stil dont undertsand what children have nightmares for..i protect him from everything scary..tv and everything else to my ability..and its been a lost cause..but never the less..he has and had them and soemthing needed done..he was only getting 2 hrs a day of sleep..so i talked to my doctor and she told me to give him some Benadryl to help him sleep..and it worked wonders..now..i didnt give it to him everyday..but only when there was no hope to get him to sleep..he grew out of them months later and i dint need it..but when he does have his episodes..i give him some ..but I would recommend to EVERYONE..talk to your doctor first no matter what age..:)
@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
28 Jun 07
Yup, I think talking to a doctor is the best step. I don´t know how you survived your son sleeping just 2 hours a night! I could NOT handle that!
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• United States
29 Jun 07
Oh myy!! It was horrible!! I thought i was gonna pass out during the day from not sleeping myself and having so much to do during the day,,I am so thankful that he sleeps much better now with the occasional nightmares..have a great night!
• United States
27 Jun 07
tHAT'S TERRIBLE . sOUNDS LIKE IT'S NOT THE SON WHO HAS TROUBLE SLEEPING . gET HIM ON A SCHEDULE WHERE YOU WEAR THE TWO YEAR OLD OUT PLAYING AT A PLAYGROUNG OR JUST IN A BALL FIELD RUNNING AROUND ...
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