As a new mom, I’ve become very active in local moms groups ranging from daily stroller strides fitness classes to Facebook support groups and online communities. I enjoy connecting with other moms and making new friends in the area.
While Baby Points Traveler has yet to take his inaugural flight, I have noticed that other moms are starting to plan flights for their little ones, and it triggered an interesting discussion.
I came across a post whereby a mom revealed a “secret she swore by” when it came to taking her infants and toddlers on flights. Intrigued, I clicked it, because I am interested in learning possible ways to keep the baby calm, collected, and thoroughly-entertained. What I read was disturbing, in my opinion. Here was a mom telling the world that her secret was simply medicating her children with Benadryl, Unisom, and other potent sleeping pills.
This was a bit unsettling for me to read, but what struck me even more was the fact that there were dozens of other women commenting that they did the same! Is this a common practice? Am I living under a rock?
I personally use medicines on myself on a last-resort basis, after basic homeopathic methods have failed, and the idea of giving an infant adult medication to simply let them sleep is something that has never even crossed my mind.
No, I won’t be medicating the little guy, in case you’re wondering.
I understand that crying babies on airplanes will always be a hot topic, (and yes, I have wanted to rip my hair out on several occasions when screaming children were seated near me on red-eye flights), but I’m curious to hear other’s opinions about this. I’m especially interested in hearing from other parents who take their kids along on flights. How do you keep your child calm and contained in flight? Have you ever tried medicine? Please feel free to share your thoughts…