191.6 #2096 (DL Qual #1973

Feb 25, 2011 6:57 PM  The Hub
Is it okay or normal for a parent to give their kid Benadryl to calm the kid down? My SIL is laughing at how she gave her 3 yr old son Benadryl to calm him down tonight. I guess this regularly happens. I feel kind of disgusted by this but what do I know, I don't have kids.

Medicine should not be given when a kid is not sick. Benedryl is for allergies not to make kids sleep. - Mrsblue  693.1 #285 6:59PM
Yeah, he is perfectly healthy and has no allergies. She gave him a huge piece of chocolate cake and of course he got really hyped up. I feel bad for him. Now he has been crying the past 10 minutes and I can only wonder why. - kirsten!  191.6 #2096 7:05PM
Um I have 2 boys that are really hyper and NEVER would I drug them to calm them down that's just ridiculous and poor parenting. Sorry if that's harsh but it's my perspective on the situation. - TK  138.6 #2907 7:08PM
I feel bad for the lil guy... - TK  138.6 #2907 7:10PM
I don't even give my kids children's cold medicine after all those studies on how ineffective the are - Bunnie  541.2 #381 7:11PM
I agree TK. If as an adult I take bendryl it makes me groggy and sleepy for hours I can not imagine how that little boy feels. Kristen even though u dont have kids it sounds like you have more common sense than your SIL. - Mrsblue  693.1 #285 7:11PM
No one ever said parenting was easy, but that's crazy. Poor kid. When you aren't sick that stuff makes you feel terrible. I thought that the warning labels say you shouldn't give it to kids under 6? - Missshelly  698.3 #277 7:13PM
Okay well I am glad to hear all agree and I just needed to vent. I am biting my tongue and hoping to not say something. - kirsten!  191.6 #2096 7:22PM
Kristen I know it's hard but he needs someone to speak up for him. Poor guy. You seem like you have a lot more sence than she does. I think you should speak up if it won't cause too much drama just for the well being of your nephew. - TK  138.6 #2907 8:57PM
I agree  I don't know how you would go about it, but he can't speak up at 3 yrs old and she needs to stop doing that - Missshelly  698.3 #277 9:00PM
I agree. If you feel comfortable please speak up. Medicating a child unnecessarily is very dangerous especially at 3 since most medication now advises pediatrician consult under 6. - lockshockbarrel  245.4 #1412 9:03PM
Awwww poor lil guy!!!!That's awful, he may feel anxiety because some ppl get tired & others it gives them an awful feeling, & him being so tiny I can only imagine!I don't want to judge but thats something I could never do..Maybe you can speak up for him & say he seems to not be feeling well now!! - tmm669  71.2 #4134 9:06PM
Your poisoning a liver when giving medication not prescribed by a dr or given without any need. The liver is the body's filtration system and depending on the child's age and weight giving them any or too much can severe medical consequences - Smart.tea  206.7 #1913 9:06PM
No way. It's like giving cough syrup so they fall asleep. That's so wrong. - goinghometime  24.3 #6633 9:07PM
Umm most medication isn't even supposed to be given to children under 4 other then like baby asprinin. Speak up if you are ok with it. Evan if it's just to say what's the age limit - Sasha513  286.6 #999 9:15PM
That is an old trick parents use to use. Cough syrups are now printing on their packages that it is not intended for that use. A labeled use for Benadryl is nighttime sedation and it can be given as young as 2. Of course in a smaller dose. Maybe just ask to in a polite way if her pediatrician suggested she do that. There is no harm in asking. Play dumb if you have to and ask her the question as if you have never heard of that before. - KissDclown  1089.1 #167 9:21PM
That's awful! This sounds like a case where the parent just doesn't want to deal with their child, so they think "just knock 'em out instead." Not ok, and some kids can actually have an adverse effect and become more hyper. Medicines should never be given to small kids unless absolutely necessary! - Anonymouse13  3.9 #24621 9:22PM
Oh yikes! - SupremeLeader  395.4 #568 9:41PM
Speak up! It's a resposibility to speak up. Kids are defensive augh!!!!!!! - SupremeLeader  395.4 #568 9:44PM
Very very wrong - PIRATADELCARIBE  94.0 #3680 9:48PM
Wow that's crazy!! I don't even give my 3 year old Tylenol or motrin! There's actually a homeopathic type thing that helps soothe a child. Maybe you could suggest she use something natural rather than meds the little guy doesn't need. It's by Hylands and it's called Calm Forte. I've never used it, but my friend has given it to her son when he was having trouble sleeping. - LoveMyBoy  30.2 #5963 9:53PM
I'd have to report themto CPS - ladylikesdisneysmom  269.6 #1170 9:54PM
Plus in there is a line on the label that reads " May cause excitability in some children!" so it could also backfire on her!  - WickedWench  579.6 #350 9:59PM
That's not ok and even if it's uncomfortable you really should say something if not to her then to dad or grandma or someone. That's nauseating! Just my opinion. - CravingDisney  150.1 #2716 10:00PM
Had a coworker who's adopted son has a disease (can't remember what it's called) She found out the hard way that he completely flips out when on an airplane! The pilot had to come out and tell her if she couldn't control him he would drop them off at the closest airport, and he did! Her son is about 8 and in order to finish their trip she had to benadryl him up just to get him back on the plane. That is about the only time I have ever agreed with a parent giving their kid medicine that wasn't needed! I have never givin my kids anything they did not need. And when they do need something for like a fever or something I try to only give them what they need to break the fever or use non drug remedies if possible! - MedievalMickey  699.0 #276 10:08PM

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