(Closed) flying with toddlers

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: would you give your toddler benadryl before a flight?
    YES : (26 votes)
    53 %
    NO : (23 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have travelled many times with toddlers.

    I do not advocate sedating them. Your child might just be the one who has the opposite reaction. One of the known side effects of diphenhydramine is that it can make some children hyper or wired. Try dealing with that on a plane 30,000 feet in the air.

    It is easier to plan your travel so that the bulk of the flight is when the kids would normally be sleeping and take plenty of entertainment for the time they will be  awake.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Not being a mother now, and someone that gets easily irritated by annoying noises on flights, I say heck yes 🙂

    That’s easy to say now since I have no children; however, I truly see nothing wrong with this for when I have children, especially if I’ve given them Benadryl other times to see how they react with it. 

    Post # 5
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    No way in hell would I medicate my son before flying. I find this completely ridculous to do that to a child just so they don’t act up on a flight. 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Idk, I’m not a parent. But as a fellow passenger, it’s not the noise that bothers me (I usually bring headphones), it’s when the little dears kick the back of my seat repeatedly and their parents don’t stop them. So I’m more of an advocate of physical restraint haha

    Really, I don’t see anything wrong with Benadryl for toddlers if you know how they react, but unless you have a long flight it’s probably not necessary since you can plan the trip around when they typically sleep anyway.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We flew from Seattle to Denver with Dirty Delete when she was 16 months. I would not have considered giving her drugs or sedating her, but I also don’t think we’ll be flying with her or any future children until they’re like 6.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I give myself xanax so i can sleep on a flight, so I don’t see why I’d be opposed to giving drugs to my kid.

    I am definitely guilty of giving benedryl to my dog to encourage a good nights sleep.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I find it super annoying when babies or kids are screaming and kicking seats on a plane. I have a cat – we have flown once when he was a kitten and I looked briefly at sedatives to have the option in case he freaked out. But I recall there being risks because of the pressure change and altitude and whatever causing worse side effects. So maybe that’s the same with for whatever you’d  give human kids? 

    Post # 11
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We flew from Los Angeles to Santa Fe NM and then El Paso TX back to Los Angeles and my 2 year old slept on both flights. We straped her into her car seat in her own seat by the window.

    I would not suggest giving Benadryl. You should never give any kind of medication unless it is needed for its intended purpose.  

    Most people on flights have kids, and understand that new experiances, Are not always fun. If you get dirty looks the give one back. As long as you as a parent are trying to  help your child through a difficult situation, I wouldn’t stress about what other people think. Remember, you are NEVER going to see these people again. If they hate you for the flight let them.  

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Absolutely! Most flights are boring for children and they become restless and in turn make the flight miserable for other passengers. If my child was known to act or or behave terribly on long trips etc, I would most definitely give him some benadryl providing that I’ve used the medicine w/ him or her before. I wouldn’t give it to my child for the first time on a flight to avoid any adverse reactions or complications but if it’s going to be a long flight, you betcha I’ll be bringing a comfortable pillow, portable dvd player, and some benadryl for my child.

    There is nothing more I can’t stand then annoying children acting up on a flight and parents just sitting there with a dumb look on their face. Control your child! Either plan the flight where they will sleep on their own, give them something to calm them down, or bring activities that you KNOW will keep them busy and quiet on the flight. Nobody wants to hear your child screaming or feel them kicking the chair.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’d talk to your pediatrician. Perhaps something like Bonine would be a better idea. That makes me drowsy. But I wouldn’t unnecessarily medicate a toddler without asking his/her doctor first.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable drugging my child unless needed for a medical reason.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I voted no, I wouldn’t and I didn’t. I don’t like the idea of sedating my children, though I know many parents who have done it.

    When we flew with young children we just made sure there were things for them: snacks, drinks, books, colouring books, and a couple of simple toys. And these days there are portable DVD players too. We flew across Australia and back when my kids were 3 and 1, and did a shorter flight when one was a couple of months old. Both trips went fine.

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