Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Which side of THIS debate are you on: to dope or not to dope?

Oh the many ways to slice & dice the parenting community - here's another hot one:

Do you give your baby/child Benedryl when you fly to help them sleep/stay calm?

Baby Center recently ran a poll on the topic with results showing 20% of respondents had, while another 20% would consider it.

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal highlights why this is a topic likely to have parents sitting on opposite sides of the room:

The controversy seems to arise more from differences in parenting philosophies than safety concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't have a position on the matter, and individual pediatricians vary in their views. "If you asked 100 pediatricians, you'd get 20 strongly in favor, 60 who didn't think about it much, and 20 strongly opposed," says Richard Gorman, past chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' National Committee on Drugs. "Good doctors can disagree about this, just as thoughtful parents can disagree."

1 comment:

HKnuff said...

Let the situation decide...I will always have a dose of the grape liquid and chewable readily available 1000 feet above ground. That does not mean I will always use it. So far our record is 50%...and yes I would do it again. But PLEASE if you do want to try this on your child, test Benadryl at home first to see how it affects him/her. Nothing like having a hyper child on board for 6 hours!