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    Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    created by bluebella 30 days 16 hours 20 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    Good morning,

    Is it unethical to give kids Benadryl to calm them down or make them go to sleep? What about melatonin that’s a vitamin or CBD that’s herb derived?

    Re: Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    Hi Bella,

    No, no, no. No one that little should be given any type of drug to sleep. The more Benadryl and melatonin that is given, the more it takes to make it happen next time. Use those drugs for what they are intended for, especially for a child.

    I do not have children, but I think I get wanting peace, but finding out the underlying cause of their screaming would be more beneficial in the long run. Every parent can tell you that you are in for quite a few sleepless nights when you have kids.

    Thanks for the forum, and have a great day!

    Kasey

    Re: Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    Hey Bella,

    I definitely agree with Kasey. Children are so susceptible to medications at a young age. There are other natural ways to help children sleep, a glass of warm milk, a warm bath before bed, a story, etc.

    Yes, these options may take more time and effort on behalf of the parents but they establish a healthy routine that a child learns to apply as an adult.

    Thanks for the forum and have a good one!

    Kathy

    Re: Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    Hey Bella,

    I would go with a strong "No" on dosing kiddos with anything when the intent is to relieve an adult in the situation!

    Additionally, like Kasey mentioned, adults are then playing around with medicine and building up tolerance levels! The child is also then being set up for future issues with needing something to fall asleep as opposed to developing nature sleep habits. And, the ability to create self soothing mechanisms in childhood is an extremely important phase in child development!


    Hope you have a great day,

    Christi

    Re: Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    Hey Bella,
    As a mom who has had to give children Benadryl for various allergies, I can absolutely tell you that this is not some wonder drug that all of a sudden makes them sleepy lol My kids never really had that reaction to it at all. I also don’t believe in giving them melatonin or other supplements even though there have been nights where I have prayed for them to sleep lol

    What I have found works best for my kids is keeping them on a consistent schedule and ABSOLUTELY do not let them nap late. That’s the breaker right there. Any nap 3:30 and after is a major no go! Anyway I have a set bedtime routine for them and diffuse relaxing essential oils in their room. We keep it dark and say our prayers and I sit with them for a while until they fall asleep. I would like for them to be able to fall asleep on their own but they are only little once and there is no greater feeling to me than rocking them to sleep and holding them in the peace and quiet.

    Eventually kids sleep, you just have to figure out what works best!

    Thanks!
    Morgan

    Re: Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    Thanks for all the responses thus far.

    I honestly didn't see all that much wrong with it, but after hearing about developing self soothing skills and natural sleep habits is really crucial whether you're 5 years old or 50 years old. It can be so hard to fall asleep as an adult but remember those things like reading or calming your mind are invaluable as we get busier.

    -bella

    Re: Dosing our Benadryl for peace

    When it comes to medications, you should not give it to a child unless they need it for its intended use. I was actually told that doing this regularly is bad for their liver and its why the age limits are so strict on the packaging. Plus, the do build up a tolerance and then what do you do when they actually need it for what its intended for. I know a parent that gives her children Advil for everything as if its a cure all (runny noses, fussiness, just because they "want" it). She is afraid to give them anything, but doses them up with Advil all the time. They have built up such a tolerance that it doesn't really work when they have a fever now. Benadryl is still a drug and should not be given to a child because we don't want to deal with it. I have 4 children and daycare children and I have found that sometimes they just have to cry to go to sleep. If there is an underlying issues, then that circumstance would be addressed differently. My 2 year old would scream for the longest time every time I put her in bed. She just started doing it one day and she did it everyday for a few weeks. After she realized I wasn't going to cave into her fits and take her back out, she started just laying down to go to sleep. We no longer have issues.