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Old 02-25-2016, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I find it reprehensible you would use Benadryl simply to get your kid to sleep. Our son has some bad allergies and we give it to him when absolutely necessary, but to drug a child for the sole purpose of getting them to sleep is appalling.
It isn't reprehensible when Hedgehog Mom explained the issues her daughter was having with sleeping. She didn't give it 'just to get her daughter to sleep'.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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It isn't reprehensible when Hedgehog Mom explained the issues her daughter was having with sleeping. She didn't give it 'just to get her daughter to sleep'.
Uh, yes it is. You are basically drugging your kid to get him/her to go to sleep. If the child is having that much trouble sleeping then I would suggest going to a doctor and having tests done and possibly having the doctor prescribe something instead of just using an over-the-counter drug to knock out the kid.

If you want to disagree that is fine, we all have a right to our opinion, but using the "smack face" emoji is childish and shows you can't have a conversation like an adult.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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Uh, yes it is. You are basically drugging your kid to get him/her to go to sleep. If the child is having that much trouble sleeping then I would suggest going to a doctor and having tests done and possibly having the doctor prescribe something instead of just using an over-the-counter drug to knock out the kid.

If you want to disagree that is fine, we all have a right to our opinion, but using the "smack face" emoji is childish and shows you can't have a conversation like an adult.
I have also used it for sleep with my son who has insomnia. Not often, but that is because it doesn't work that well. But I was instructed to by a psychiatrist (medical doctor) for insomnia.

How do you know she hasn't taken her child to the doctors for it? We did. They said to use benedryl.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:19 AM
 
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I have also used it for sleep with my son who has insomnia. Not often, but that is because it doesn't work that well. But I was instructed to by a psychiatrist (medical doctor) for insomnia.

How do you know she hasn't taken her child to the doctors for it? We did. They said to use benedryl.
That's insane and I don't know one doctor who would recommend it. Have you seen the new data that came out in the last 2 weeks about Benadryl and likewise drugs causing dementia and other issues with the brain? I'm in no way saying you are lying, I just personally think it is crazy to drug a kid for the puropse of getting them to go to sleep. Just my humble opinion.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:11 AM
 
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That's insane and I don't know one doctor who would recommend it. Have you seen the new data that came out in the last 2 weeks about Benadryl and likewise drugs causing dementia and other issues with the brain? I'm in no way saying you are lying, I just personally think it is crazy to drug a kid for the puropse of getting them to go to sleep. Just my humble opinion.
Well clearly this doctors visit was before something that came out in the last 2 weeks.

My insurance company required documentation that I tried Benadryl for insomnia before they would agree to pay for lunesta. So....

Anyways, it's easy to judge sitting on the outside. But if you have a child that SUFFERS from insomnia, you might change your tune a bit. I am really conservative about how often I use it. It's for when his sleep cycle is turned totally upside down and he isn't able to attend school. We use it for two days to get him back on a "normal" schedule. I am careful because I worry about sending the message he should grab a pill when he wants to sleep. I also do worry about the side effects, especially about being drowsy the next day. But at some point, being drowsy is better then being asleep because it took until 5am to fall asleep.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:28 AM
 
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So apparently this is quite common, I didn't know that till recently. I guess it's an easy way for kids to be quiet and fall asleep, so it may seem like an easy parenting hack.

But these drugs are WEIRD. I read that the ratio for dosage is about 1 mg per kg. So giving a small kid 25 or 50 mgs of benedryll would be like giving yourself 300 mgs of benedryll.

Go try taking 300 mgs of benedryll. It's a deleriant. I've done 300 mgs out of curiosity, and it was most definitely weirder than any experience I've had on pot or alcohol. That's why it struck me as so odd that parents give these to their kids so regularly. Most parents wouldn't give their kid a pot brownie or a drop of acid, but apparently giving them benedryll is socially acceptable???

Now some kids do have big allergy problems, so antihistamines are necessary, and I'm not condemning for that. But it's just something to be careful about as they do carry big side effects, and it may be better to go with other, newer antihistamines. I don't think that they are harmful physically in reasonable doses, they're just weird.
Is the dosage linear or does it change for adults?
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Austin
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My neighbor's niece was killed at a daycare 2 years ago in Waco, TX (you can google it) because they would give the kids benadryl in order for them to take longer naps. They tests most, if not all the kids, and they all had some level of benadryl in their system. She has been brought up on charges. It's not good to give the stuff on a regular basis.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:38 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I find it reprehensible you would use Benadryl simply to get your kid to sleep. Our son has some bad allergies and we give it to him when absolutely necessary, but to drug a child for the sole purpose of getting them to sleep is appalling.
It's not any more appalling than giving them childrens tylenol and it is something doctors recommend trying BEFORE going to a prescription.
Get back to us when you have had a child who hasn't slept through the night in a week and is stressing out over it.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:49 AM
 
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I use Benadryl to get my kids to sleep when they are sick. In other words, if they have a cold, they get Benadryl at night time. And only the recommended dose previously approved by my pediatrician for their weight. My pediatrician, per policy, gives parents the correct dosages for their child by weight for Benadryl, Tylenol, and Motrin to parents at all well appointments starting at 6 months old.


I use melatonin to get my son to sleep on school nights, but that was "prescribed" by his neurologist since he has epilepsy. (By prescribed, I mean she told us to buy the over-the-counter stuff and how much to give).


I don't think I would ever medicate for sleep without doctor's supervision though.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:53 AM
 
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My neighbor's niece was killed at a daycare 2 years ago in Waco, TX (you can google it) because they would give the kids benadryl in order for them to take longer naps. They tests most, if not all the kids, and they all had some level of benadryl in their system. She has been brought up on charges. It's not good to give the stuff on a regular basis.
OMG she gave it to a 4 month old...and overdosed her
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