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    Please don't flame. I have no children but my MIL is asking me if its okay to give kids benadryl to help sleep when they are not sick.
    Apparently my SIL is doing this. One lady I nannied for told me to do it too, but I just changed her sleeping times and the child was fine without it.

    My MIL doesn't think its okay and I don't either, i feel like its medicating when not needed, but then again I have in the past required sleeping pills.

    Please dont turn this into a mean debate or anything, just want advice, medically or not, I dont really know what to tell her.
    Apparently my SIL found a website saying its okay based on dosage and is not habit forming.

    Anyways I dont really beleive it but could be wrong.
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    You tell her no. Absolutely not.
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    No, I don't think that is okay.


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    nope not ok at all....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beckah View Post
    Please don't flame. I have no children but my MIL is asking me if its okay to give kids benadryl to help sleep when they are not sick.
    Apparently my SIL is doing this. One lady I nannied for told me to do it too, but I just changed her sleeping times and the child was fine without it.

    My MIL doesn't think its okay and I don't either, i feel like its medicating when not needed, but then again I have in the past required sleeping pills.

    Please dont turn this into a mean debate or anything, just want advice, medically or not, I dont really know what to tell her.
    Apparently my SIL found a website saying its okay based on dosage and is not habit forming.

    Anyways I dont really beleive it but could be wrong.
    IMO, I would not give my Benadryl to help them sleep. There are other SAFE ways to get a child to sleep.
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    Sami's pediatrician has told me to give her Bendaryl for sleep. But she has major insomnia. She would stay up tossing and turning until 2 or 3 am and then get up at 5.

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    Purposely drugging your (general) children when there is no need for it is piss poor parenting, IMO.
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    On a regular basis, I would say no. When we flew from Guam to the US, we gave our kids benadryl to help them sleep on the plane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rell View Post
    Purposely drugging your (general) children when there is no need for it is piss poor parenting, IMO.


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    I don't have kids either but I was a nanny to 5 rambunctious kids for a long time. As much as I would want to give them benadryl or sleeping pills I'd never do that. Its completely unnecessary and I just don't feel that its safe to medicate a child when they don't need it.
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