We’ve heard parents joke about slipping their kids some cold-medicine when it seems like they’re bouncing off the walls. Turns out, medicating kids for peace and quiet happens more than you think.
One in five moms admitted to giving their child medicine such as Benadryl or Dramamine before a long car trip or a flight, we found in our exclusive survey with TODAYMoms on Today.com. Even more surprising? One in 12 moms confessed to giving their children calming meds for personal relief (i.e. to get more sleep, alone time, or some peace and quiet.)
While it may get your family through a long flight, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor told TodayMoms, “Every day is not OK. Drugs are never an OK substitute for parenting.” Parents should also consult with their pediatricians about proper dosages to avoid the risk of overdose.
Have you ever given Benadryl or other sleep-inducing meds to your kids for peace and quiet?