Sedating children on flights
Travellers often take medicines on flights to help them sleep, including ‘benzodiazepines’ such as diazepam (e.g. They can cause serious side effects and should always be used with care.
Sleeping pills often leave you feeling drowsy or disoriented, and some can even bring on bizarre behaviours and memory loss.
Natural sleep is the best way to ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your holiday.
Here we discuss some reasons why taking sleeping pills can be dangerous and give tips to help you and the kids rest safely while in the air. Stilnox), or an antihistamine medicine like diphenhydramine (e.g. Talk to your doctor before your flight if you are thinking about taking sleeping pills.
And before you all get started on why I choose to drag my offspring to far-flung corners of the Earth, let me explain that they have a grandfather in Fiji (a 28-hour flight) and a grandmother in Canada (an 11-hour flight). So ever since that first overseas flight with Flo, I have clutched my bottle of over-the-counter antihistamine tighter than my passport.
Indeed, it is the first item to go in my flight bag, ahead of toothbrushes and teddy bears. You can call me selfish, irresponsible and foolhardy.
They increase the chance of falls and accidents (especially in older people) and possibly death.
Is it truly nobler to spurn sedatives, risk an unruly child, and bravely suffer the heartaches of stares and scorn of outraged fellow passengers?
Even more important is that, with any medication, there can be dangerous side effects, such as a fast or irregular heartbeat, seizures, and changes in blood pressure.