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Is This Bad Parenting? Mothers Drug Their Babies During Airplane Travel

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Mothers give their babies sedative during airplane travel. Dr. Roger Henderson, a leading medic in Britain, says parents drugging children will not harm if administered occasionally.

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Traveling with an upset baby on the plane is always a pain for individuals with and without children. The parents of the screaming baby are faced with vicious looks from other passengers as they frantically reposition the baby in hopes of calming him/her down. The passengers without children are highly agitated and are unable to work, to sleep, and /or to enjoy entertainment over the sounds of the screaming baby. So, what should a parent do?

One traveling mother named Shona Sibary found a solution for calming her children on long flights: One spoonful of sedating medicine. She said she and her peers advise one another on which medications to use. “A friend who travels regularly between Britain and Australia to visit family recommended Phenergan Elixir to me,” Sibary writes on DailyMail Co UK. “The price you pay for a sunshine holiday at this time of year is the interminable flight to get thereThis over-the-counter medicine contains promethazine, a sedating antihistamine. Usually administered on the advice of a GP to treat motion sickness or discomfort from certain allergies, it has become the secret weapon for many middle-class mothers embarking on long-haul flights.”

Sibary admits that she still experienced some trying times after sedating all of her children on a long flight. While the medicine instantly placed two of the three to sleep, the other child fought off the medicine for a number of hours and by the time the flight landed, Sibary was unable to wake him. “Unfortunately, we were only a few hours from landing and when the plane’s doors went to manual I couldn’t wake up Monty. I tried cold water, standing him upright in the aisle, blowing on his face — all to no avail. We were the last passengers left on the plane,” she writes. Dr. Roger Henderson, one of Britain’s leading medics, says parents drugging children is not a new phenomenon. “There’s no harm in administering it occasionally,” he says. “But I wouldn’t recommend regular use.”

Would you sedate your child during a flight?