Medicine when they're not ill??

Sarah - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 59 moms have responded )

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I know of a few mothers that have on occasion, and some quite regularly, give their kids Calpol, Mediced or Neurofen to their kids when they aren't actually ill.
They have given it to them before bed if they are staying in a strange place.
I've even heard someone suggesting that it should have been given to a little girl on her bday to 'calm her down'
Is this a common practise?
I'm not one for giving out Calpol very often.....my kids have to be ILL before i give them any.
Thoughts??

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Jodi - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Kate:

I don't even give fever reducers unless she's running a fever of 101 F or more.



Neither do I.  You should actually leave a slight fever alone. The immune system needs the fever for maximum effectiveness, so a slight fever is a GOOD thing to help the body fight the infection :)

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Quoting Melissa:

(in response to Joy); i disagree, my daughter is only 17 months so when she doesnt sleep in a new place and when she is there to get better, i believe it is the right thing to do to give her sometrhing to calm her down. How can a child stay happy and healthy during the day if she is not getting enough sleep? brianna would either just be hyper active til midnight, or the opposite and scream the place down while we sat in the tea and coffee room waiting for her to sleep, and each timr we checked her she was still not alseep and we had to go in tehre and attempt to sleep ourselves when it got late which distracted her and made her more upset. my partner used to get frustrated when she was standing at the cot , lie her down roughly and yell at her to go to sleep, can you imagine how frustrating it is to not use something to calm a little toddler when she is in a new environment?



Melissa, I wasn't talking about children in hospitals.  My comment definitely wasn't directed at you because I hadn't even read the other posts before posting.  I was referring to people who think it's ok to use medication on children who have no reasons for taking it other than they just won't sleep.  Unless a child is sick or in pain (just like with adults) there is no reason to medicate.  Including new situations (except for hospitals).  Like someone else said, that would be like me taking Tylenol for a headache I don't have.   For example, we're moving in February from Florida to Upstate New York.  This will be a totally different element for Jacob.  Not only will he be in a house he's never been in before, in a bedroom he's never slept in, he's also going to experience an extreme climate change as it will be cold and snowy when we get there and he's never experienced truly cold weather (Florida, duh lol).  I'm POSITIVE that he will go through a period of adjustment (we all will).  I'm positive that he will have a hard time sleeping for the first week or two (maybe longer) after we move.  Will I use meds to help him sleep?  No.  He has to learn about his new environment, the different shadows on the wall, the new sounds of a different house.  



And about children in the hospital...if my son was in the hospital, I would rely on the doctor to give him something if he felt he needed it.  If the doctor didn't think he needed anything to help him sleep, then it's up to me to help calm him and to help him get as much sleep as he can.  Now, if he was constantly crying, throwing fits, etc, and still not sleeping.......I would probably ask the doctor about giving him something.  Still, it's up to his discretion because he's the doctor, not me.  That's how I see it anyhow.



Edit note: So wierd....for me all of my ( )'s are showing up as #'s? Wierd.

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Jacob gets infant tylenol only when he's got a fever (which isn't often) or when his teething is so bad that nothing else helps and he's miserable. Other than that, I would NEVER give it to him just to calm him down. A friend of mine used to give her two kids (when they were around 10 and 12) each a Tylenol PM about an hour before bed and I always thought that was horribly wrong. I said something to her about it once and she got so defensive that I could tell it was doing no good to continue the conversation. Except for kids with ADD and other disorders, I think if your child has a hard time falling asleep then there are things to consider and medication isn't one of them. Have they had too much sugar too close to bed time? Did they get enough exercise that day? Is something in their room making them uncomfortable? Especially with little ones, maybe they're starting to have bad dreams or maybe a seperation issue (totally normal). As for being in strange places...hell, I have a hard time getting to sleep when I'm not in my own bed too....and I don't feel the need to take anything to sleep so why would I do that to my child? Makes no sense to me. Meds are for sickness or pain.

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She's pregnant with her second child right now. Their son is a lil over a year now I think, I have no idea if he still does it - I do know that he was under investigation. That's how I found out about it - there was some suit n tie dude behind the counter with him at the pharmacy and I asked my friend (who worked with him) what was going on - so she told me.

Jodi - posted on 09/30/2009

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Quoting Carol:



Quoting Jo:

I was told by a very reliable source that one of the pharmacists in my town has given his infant child gravol so that he would sleep through the night because the childs mother "was so sick and tired of having to get up through the night" and needed a good nights rest. Not once or twice... every other week the pharmacist would give the child (from the age of 3 months and older) gravol so that his wife could sleep. He would get up and check the babies heart rate and make sure he was breathing but his wife would get a full nights sleep.





Reading this was one of those times when I say, "WHY IN HECK DID THEY HAVE A CHILD!?!?!"






I was wondering the exact same thing.  This is just really scary.  But then, I know someone who takes her nanny everywhere with them, even on family holidays and on Christmas Day to the family Christmas event - for one child.  She just can't cope without the nanny 24/7. I just don't get that.  Sure, wouldn't we all occasionally dream of having a nanny for a week, just to get a break, but seriously??  Even if I had a nanny, my family days are my family days!!

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Quoting Jo:

I was told by a very reliable source that one of the pharmacists in my town has given his infant child gravol so that he would sleep through the night because the childs mother "was so sick and tired of having to get up through the night" and needed a good nights rest. Not once or twice... every other week the pharmacist would give the child (from the age of 3 months and older) gravol so that his wife could sleep. He would get up and check the babies heart rate and make sure he was breathing but his wife would get a full nights sleep.


Reading this was one of those times when I say, "WHY IN HECK DID THEY HAVE A CHILD!?!?!"

?? - posted on 09/29/2009

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Scared the crap out of me too Kate - I refuse to see him now - I've even gone to the next town over (half hour drive away) to go to the pharmacy there to avoid him.

Kate CP - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Jo:

I was told by a very reliable source that one of the pharmacists in my town has given his infant child gravol so that he would sleep through the night because the childs mother "was so sick and tired of having to get up through the night" and needed a good nights rest. Not once or twice... every other week the pharmacist would give the child (from the age of 3 months and older) gravol so that his wife could sleep. He would get up and check the babies heart rate and make sure he was breathing but his wife would get a full nights sleep.


Okay, THAT scares the crap out of me. What the hell was he thinking? I mean hire a frickin' baby sitter for a night if you need to sleep...but don't drug your kid into a semi-coma. 

?? - posted on 09/29/2009

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I was told by a very reliable source that one of the pharmacists in my town has given his infant child gravol so that he would sleep through the night because the childs mother "was so sick and tired of having to get up through the night" and needed a good nights rest. Not once or twice... every other week the pharmacist would give the child (from the age of 3 months and older) gravol so that his wife could sleep. He would get up and check the babies heart rate and make sure he was breathing but his wife would get a full nights sleep.

Jodi - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

I can't imagine a doctor advising that under your average sleepless night incident. Fricken bizarre



Sharon, it used to be recommended....many years ago my mother was advised this too, when we were babies.  It was very commonplace. So maybe it was an older doctor?  And maybe that's what's wrong with me, LOL!!!

Sharon - posted on 09/29/2009

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I can't imagine a doctor advising that under your average sleepless night incident. Fricken bizarre

Jodi - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

Jodi, I was JUST going to post about that one!!! I'm FLOORED that she would give antihistamines at her doctor's suggestion to SLEEP TRAIN an infant! LOLOLOLOL..oh my.



It worries me that she didn't question that!!!  As I said earlier, I have done it once when my daughter was about two, and I had my very well weighed up reasons, but to use it to train a child to be able to sleep???  That's equivalent to taking sleeping pills to train an adult to sleep properly....and then depending on them to be ABLE to get to sleep. I think if a doctor told me that, I'd be finding another doctor!

Minnie - posted on 09/29/2009

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Jodi, I was JUST going to post about that one!!! I'm FLOORED that she would give antihistamines at her doctor's suggestion to SLEEP TRAIN an infant! LOLOLOLOL..oh my.

Jodi - posted on 09/29/2009

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Here's one for you girls. A post on the main site:



"my 15 month old son has no problems getting to sleep, however he is still waking up 1-2 times a night and it usually takes at least an hour to get him to sleep again.

My doctor recommended giving him an antihistemine to sedate him for a few nights so that he gets used to sleeping through, however this hasn't worked and I'm reaching the end of my tether!

I've also tried a control comforting method, but it only worked for a few weeks and then he was back to waking up."





NOTE the reference to the doctor recommendation!!!

Me, I'd turn off the baby monitor, but then, when my kids were young, I think I just slept through it. That' works!!! LOL.

Mel - posted on 09/29/2009

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oh thats good ,we rarely use bonjela because shes not normally fussy when teething. weuseit every now and again plus the teething rings. ive never had to use panadol for teething yet. only had to use it for a cold

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Deanne:




Quoting Konda:

They have removed all cold medications for kids under 2 in the USA also...which pisses me off for those of us that use them correctly. I honestly don't want to pay a $25-$45 co-pay for a cold medication that is the same as Tylenol Cold and Cough. They took them off the market because of parents doing stupid shit like drugging their children to get them to sleep and such and ended up ODing their kids.

Now my pediatrician has told me to give Nicholas Benadryl to get him to sleep once when he had some problems.







 








They took it off the shelves here in Australia also as it is a major health risk to children under 2 years of age. They can have severe reactions, breathing difficulties & not worth the risk. That is why the very well educated pharmasists will not let you give it to your child.








My cousin/bestie works in a pharmacy & has extremely stupid, ignorant 'parents' that argue with her when she refuses to give them cold & flu medications or the antihistermines like phenergan. I can not believe this happens. Some are even stupid enough to say they only use it to get their children to sleep or 'we're going on a plane trip' etc.








Your child needs to learn how to fall asleep by THEIR SELVES not from a medication!!








Cold remedies do not do any good for when they are ill. Use a pain killer instead, not something to dry up they're nose. It prolongs the illness. How come every doctor & pharmasist say this?








 








I HAD to give my daughter dymadon (they use in the childrens hospital here) & nurofen (an anti immflamatory) every 4 hours when she had HFM disease & that was something I hated to do but obviously she was in agony & needed it.









what did they take off the shelves, we are still allowed to purchase baby nurofen and panadol right?? i hope so otherwise ill have to save the ones I have and make good use out of it. when we thought they might be taking bonjela off the shelves we stocked up on that





& Mel, I realise lil Brianna has her medical problems & sleep difficulty is unavoidable in your situations but you have the best advice from the experts for that problem.



It's the parent's that self diagnose their children & give them the wrong medication or something when it is really not going to do anything.... :-)

Deanne - posted on 09/29/2009

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All the cold & flu remedies. The ones that DO work, you now require a prescription. Not meaning panadol & nurofen. Also did you know that bonjela has the same ingredient as paracetamol? Just make sure you're not giving her a double dose (I almost died when I found that out!!)

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Quoting Deanne:



Quoting Konda:

They have removed all cold medications for kids under 2 in the USA also...which pisses me off for those of us that use them correctly. I honestly don't want to pay a $25-$45 co-pay for a cold medication that is the same as Tylenol Cold and Cough. They took them off the market because of parents doing stupid shit like drugging their children to get them to sleep and such and ended up ODing their kids.

Now my pediatrician has told me to give Nicholas Benadryl to get him to sleep once when he had some problems.





 






They took it off the shelves here in Australia also as it is a major health risk to children under 2 years of age. They can have severe reactions, breathing difficulties & not worth the risk. That is why the very well educated pharmasists will not let you give it to your child.






My cousin/bestie works in a pharmacy & has extremely stupid, ignorant 'parents' that argue with her when she refuses to give them cold & flu medications or the antihistermines like phenergan. I can not believe this happens. Some are even stupid enough to say they only use it to get their children to sleep or 'we're going on a plane trip' etc.






Your child needs to learn how to fall asleep by THEIR SELVES not from a medication!!






Cold remedies do not do any good for when they are ill. Use a pain killer instead, not something to dry up they're nose. It prolongs the illness. How come every doctor & pharmasist say this?






 






I HAD to give my daughter dymadon (they use in the childrens hospital here) & nurofen (an anti immflamatory) every 4 hours when she had HFM disease & that was something I hated to do but obviously she was in agony & needed it.





what did they take off the shelves, we are still allowed to purchase baby nurofen and panadol right?? i hope so otherwise ill have to save the ones I have and make good use out of it. when we thought they might be taking bonjela off the shelves we stocked up on that

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Quoting Konda:

They have removed all cold medications for kids under 2 in the USA also...which pisses me off for those of us that use them correctly. I honestly don't want to pay a $25-$45 co-pay for a cold medication that is the same as Tylenol Cold and Cough. They took them off the market because of parents doing stupid shit like drugging their children to get them to sleep and such and ended up ODing their kids.

Now my pediatrician has told me to give Nicholas Benadryl to get him to sleep once when he had some problems.


 



They took it off the shelves here in Australia also as it is a major health risk to children under 2 years of age. They can have severe reactions, breathing difficulties & not worth the risk. That is why the very well educated pharmasists will not let you give it to your child.



My cousin/bestie works in a pharmacy & has extremely stupid, ignorant 'parents' that argue with her when she refuses to give them cold & flu medications or the antihistermines like phenergan. I can not believe this happens. Some are even stupid enough to say they only use it to get their children to sleep or 'we're going on a plane trip' etc.



Your child needs to learn how to fall asleep by THEIR SELVES not from a medication!!



Cold remedies do not do any good for when they are ill. Use a pain killer instead, not something to dry up they're nose. It prolongs the illness. How come every doctor & pharmasist say this?



 



I HAD to give my daughter dymadon (they use in the childrens hospital here) & nurofen (an anti immflamatory) every 4 hours when she had HFM disease & that was something I hated to do but obviously she was in agony & needed it.

?? - posted on 09/28/2009

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Gabriel has only had Tylenol once in his life and that was when he got his first immunizations. The health nurse gave it to him without asking me first - I was pretty upset about it too and told her off. He's had homeopathic teething tablets for his teething, but that is all. I am allergic to codeine and have always had a bad reaction to pain medicines, or no reaction at all - so I really don't want to give him anything until he's older and it will be easier to really see the affects those things have on him.

Kate CP - posted on 09/28/2009

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I gave my daughter benedryl when we were staying at my mother's when we were having foundation work done. I only had to give it to her the first two nights and then she was fine. She was just so excited about having a huge sleep-over at grandma's that she just wouldn't sleep. That was the only time I gave her medicine and she didn't really "need" it. I don't even give fever reducers unless she's running a fever of 101 F or more.

JL - posted on 09/28/2009

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I cannot even imagine why a parent would do such a thing. I would not do that at all. The only meds my kids taken reguarly is their allergy meds and my daughter uses her inhaler when needed. And the only reason they are on allergy meds because it maintains their allergy reactions which prevents them from having severe asthmatic reactions. I use motrin when they run fevers but even then I use only when the fever is high and only every 5 to 6 hours. Humidifiers and baths are used most of the time to maintain temps and motrin comes into the picture when the fevers are 103 and over. I personally don't like taking meds unless absolutely needed.

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I hate hearing of parents who give out medicine to their children like its water. When my son is teething, I will give him Nurofen at night before bed to help with teething pain so he can get a full nights sleep. This is only because he skips both of his daytime sleeps and I want him to get a full nights sleep. But other than that, the only time he has anything is if its prescribed by a doctor (he has had to take amoxycillin twice before due to throat infections) or Panadol after his immunisations.

Konda - posted on 09/19/2009

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Quoting Krista:

Oh man, this pisses me the hell off. The world is over medicated as it is and now you're medicating the next generation? COME ON! And another thing that pisses me off. "I think she has allergies" "BENADRYL!"

You THINK she has allergies? Let me guess, you did your e-doctorate and now you're able to assess medical conditions? Yep, go ahead and give them that Benadryl, which children aren't supposed to get under the age of 6 unless instructed by a physician. Yep, you do that!

GAHAH!HKJHGLKJHOWASU:LJGSD


I was SHOCKED the other day when I called the peditrician's office because Benjamin's face was all broken out in little bumps and all stopped up....it was happeneing at night, so I took some cell pics and sent them to hubby and he stopped by and showed them to her.  She had us given Ben Benadryl....he is 3 MONTHS.....I gave him less than she suggested, I was scared to death.  It did help him...and this was with him already on Zyrtec.  Anywho, we changed from ALL FREE and CLEAR to Dreft and he is doing fine now.



However, Benadryl used to be for kids 2 and older, they just changed the bottle to 6 and over.  But yes, a lot of parents do give this to knock kids out.  In fact when I was preggo, that is what they told me to take for sleep.

Jodi - posted on 09/19/2009

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OK, I'm going to 'fess up. I ONCE medicated my daughter with Phenergan (she was 2 at the time)....... We were away for a few days at my brother's place, and we all (5 of of us, hubby, myself, and the kids) had to sleep in the same room. The first night, she was TERRIBLE. She was upset, wouldn't calm down, kept everyone awake most the night and we were exhausted (the other kids too). So next day I went to the pharmacy and bought some. That next night, I kept an eye on how she was, and the minute she started screaming and carrying on about going to bed, I dosed her.



I don't condone this as a habit, but seriously, we had tried everything, and instead of one tired child and tired parents, we had 3 tired children!!!



So there is my confession. It is the only time I have ever done it, and I hope the only time I feel the need to. We screwed up on planning the trip - we should have booked to stay somewhere else so that the disturbance could be minimised, but live and learn.....

Krista - posted on 09/17/2009

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Oh man, this pisses me the hell off. The world is over medicated as it is and now you're medicating the next generation? COME ON! And another thing that pisses me off. "I think she has allergies" "BENADRYL!"

You THINK she has allergies? Let me guess, you did your e-doctorate and now you're able to assess medical conditions? Yep, go ahead and give them that Benadryl, which children aren't supposed to get under the age of 6 unless instructed by a physician. Yep, you do that!

GAHAH!HKJHGLKJHOWASU:LJGSD

Konda - posted on 09/16/2009

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They have removed all cold medications for kids under 2 in the USA also...which pisses me off for those of us that use them correctly. I honestly don't want to pay a $25-$45 co-pay for a cold medication that is the same as Tylenol Cold and Cough. They took them off the market because of parents doing stupid shit like drugging their children to get them to sleep and such and ended up ODing their kids.

Now my pediatrician has told me to give Nicholas Benadryl to get him to sleep once when he had some problems.

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No offense taken at all Melissa :) I should have been more clear in my first post but like I said, I hadn't read any of the other posts yet lol I just read the OP question and started typing :)

Mel - posted on 09/16/2009

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thanks. yeah didnt mean any offence at all so hope you didnt take any to what i said. hope your son goes well in his new place

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It pretty irresponsible creating mini prescription drug addicts , why not throw a shot of bourbon in there too !

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Quoting Evelyn:

Ok..so Nurofen is kind of like our Motrin (ibuprofen) and Panadol is like Tylenol (acetomin....*sp*) only with a sedative? I don't think any of our Tylenols have a sedative besides Tylenol cold meds....


Evelyn ~ Panadol has no sedative or calmitive effects, which is why I don't understand people giving it to children for anything other than pain relief.

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Quoting Evelyn:

Ok..so Nurofen is kind of like our Motrin (ibuprofen) and Panadol is like Tylenol (acetomin....*sp*) only with a sedative? I don't think any of our Tylenols have a sedative besides Tylenol cold meds....


Evelyn ~ Panadol has no sedative or calmitive effects, which is why I don't understand people giving it to children for anything other than pain relief.

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Melissa, I think your situation is slightly different. Your daughter is in a medical environment undergoing treatment that may be of discomfort to her. The very fact that a doctor was willing to prescribe something when you forgot to bring her own medicine, shows that you were doing the right thing for her in those circumstances.

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(in response to Joy); i disagree, my daughter is only 17 months so when she doesnt sleep in a new place and when she is there to get better, i believe it is the right thing to do to give her sometrhing to calm her down. How can a child stay happy and healthy during the day if she is not getting enough sleep? brianna would either just be hyper active til midnight, or the opposite and scream the place down while we sat in the tea and coffee room waiting for her to sleep, and each timr we checked her she was still not alseep and we had to go in tehre and attempt to sleep ourselves when it got late which distracted her and made her more upset. my partner used to get frustrated when she was standing at the cot , lie her down roughly and yell at her to go to sleep, can you imagine how frustrating it is to not use something to calm a little toddler when she is in a new environment?

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Ok..so Nurofen is kind of like our Motrin (ibuprofen) and Panadol is like Tylenol (acetomin....*sp*) only with a sedative? I don't think any of our Tylenols have a sedative besides Tylenol cold meds....

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yes, when its for pain relief we use panadol and nurofen together every 6 hours, when its for sleep i would just use panadol, if it was necessary of couse

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Nurofen is not actually Panadol (Paracetemol). It's Ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory). It is stronger than Panadol though, harsher on their systems and poses more risks for long-term use.

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Quoting Evelyn:

Well, I have no idea what any of those meds are...but I am not one to medicate my child unless absolutely necessary. Even when she is ill, I ask her doc to only give her what she needs...I do NOT like the meds that make her drowsy at all. I won't give her certain cough meds if they have a drowsy warning on them. I give Tylenol and Motrin only when her fever is high enough to call for it. Even when she was teething I never gave her any meds..just soothed her w/cold rags, frozen teething rings..etc..etc.



Panadol is New Zealands verison of Tylenol (normal pain relief)
Nurofen is a stronger version of Panadol.



Also I've heard of some mothers giving their teething babies Phinagens (sp?) its a antihistamean (sp?) used for the likes of hayfever, they give it to their teething babies and it "knocks them out" and makes them sleep the whole night. Never tried it myself.



With my son and his teething, he gets bonjela and panadol

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ive heard that too. its ok to help the baby sleep better. my daughter has stayed in hospital a few times and we had forgotten to birng the panadol to get her to go to sleep so they have to give her something prescription to relax her. otherwise she'd not sleep til midnight and that wasnt good for her. at home ive never done it yet but i would if i had to

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We try to avoid using that stuff as much as possible. If she has a cold, we use a humidifier, neti pot, or homeopathic meds. And for teething, cold stuff and the homeopathic teething tablets. We've used tylenol a few times when she was not consolable and wouldn't even nurse (that's when I know it's really bad). And once after her shots when she spiked a fever.

I had a girlfriend who used gravol and cold medications to get her son to sleep. Every night. We are no longer friends, because I could not stand the way she was dealing with her child. Now he is 7, developmentally delayed, needs a special assistance teacher, and throws constant tantrums. He didn't toilet train until he was 6. I looked after him all the time from when he was born until he was 4, when I stopped having anything to do with her. He was a delightful baby, slept easily when rocked and sang to or cuddled. He was not a particularly difficult toddler either. Now, she acts like she doesn't know what went wrong with him. I am not 100% sure, but I suspect drugging your child to sleep (and sitting him in front of Baby Einstein for every waking hour) might have something to do with it.

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Some people are nuts. I can't imagine why someone would think tylenol would ensure good behaviour or work as a calmitive.

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I also do not understand why people use this as a method of "calming a child down". How is a pain reliever calming? Are you just giving them a dangerous tasty treat to shut them up? I think it's really irresponsible and dangerous.



The FDA has already issued stricker guidelines and warnings, as acetaminophen can cause liver damage.



http://www.babycenter.com/204_fda-report...

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Omg I have said it before people really give medicine very quickly. My daughter has had calpol and nurofen only a few times when she had fever and she really was not well. People will develop an immune system against the painkillers and you will have to give them more and more for it to work. I dont really take medicine myself unless I am really ill or hungover :-))

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I agree. I don't give my son medicine unless he is sick and on occasions when he is teething really bad . That's like me taking medicine for a headache that I don't have. I would never do that so why would I do it to my child.

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I honestly can't believe people do this but I shouldn't be surprised. I have a friend who used to travel with tylenol and an assortment of things for her boy. He has probably got the weakest immune system in a kid I've ever seen because, pretty much since he was a couple weeks old, he's been pumped full of drugs for almost everything, every day. That's extreme.

My kids have tylenol in the cupboard. The girls have been passing around a bug between each other for the last couple weeks. So far the only one to get anything was Caitlin 2 days ago. Her temp spiked to 40 C and she was given tylenol to help bring it down. I try not to give it to them unless absolutely necessary.

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Jocelyn, that's about the only time I'd even consider melatonin as well. But regularly? No way.

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i try really hard to avoid giving my son any "normal" medicine. i will always try the homeopathic meds first. i have yet to get desperate enough to drug my son to calm him down...and believe me, he is almost 3, and crazy. but i do not want him to work up a resistance to anything like tylenol, because when i do need to use it, i don't want to have to over-dose him for it to have any affect on him. my dh hubby use to drink some nightquil when he had trouble falling asleep, but thankfully now he uses st johns wort instead (safe with no bad side effects). i might consider giving my son melatonin if we were flying across multiple time zones, but that would be about it.

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I'm a stickler about dosing and proper meds.



I did give my teething kids night time cold med formulas when they were teething, not sleeping well and SUPER cranky. They got rest, time for the teething meds to work and I got some peace. It probably happened once or twice per child.

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This sounds terrible but my parents did have to drug my brother as a toddler. There was something in the house we lived in that completely unsettled him. After months of torture, every other method tried and exhausted, and little sleep my mum took him to the doctors. He was prescribed a type of travel sickness medicine to help with sleep. It was the only thing that worked. When we eventually moved a few months later, he settled into the new home with no more tantrums and no more need for the medicine. But he was a really extreme case.

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Check out this article....better yet..then read some of the comments below. I cannot believe how lightly some people take "drugging" their kids! Yeah my daughter has some difficulty falling asleep some nights, but I would NEVER consider giving her anything to help her fall asleep..natural or otherwise!



http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008...

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I have a friend who gives her kids melatonin EVERY night to make them go to sleep. I have warned her that long term use in children is not recommended but she refuses to stop giving it to them. Her kids are BEYOND active..I mean they will make even the Duggars think twice about having more kids...but to drug them (even herbally) every night for them to go to sleep? Omg.

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I don't think that's appropriate at all. In fact, I was recently at a wedding where the ring bearer, who was 3, was scared to walk down the aisle (duh) and was crying and gettng kind of hysterical (probably because his parents were threatening to spank him if he didn't stop crying...but that's another debate). They gave him tylenol to "calm him down" and I was appalled! I would not do that to my child.

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I did get prescribed antihistimine for my eldest, when he was about 17months, for a 10 hour flight to Florida.

I'm not sure that regular infant paracetamol or ibuprofen have any sedative properties. My kids get that if they are really ill or when they have shots. Thats it!

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