Did you ever give your kids Tylenol or Benadryl to sleep?

Katherine - posted on 08/11/2011 ( 45 moms have responded )

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I have given it to them as an antihistamine. It doesn't make them sleepy, in fact it makes them hyper. Tylenol to sleep for a tooth ache....what about you?

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Becky - posted on 08/12/2011

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Yeah, see, Tylenol, Advil, etc, to my knowledge, have no sedative effect whatsoever. There's no warning on the label that they may cause drowsiness. So to give them in an attempt to make your child sleep would be pointless. However, if your child is obviously in pain or ill and that is preventing them from sleeping, giving a painkiller could help them sleep, but the intent would be to relieve their discomfort, not just to make them go to sleep.
Benadryl, gravol, etc, on the other hand could be used solely in an attempt to get a child to sleep because they can have a sedative affect, but again, they could also be used to relieve discomfort or illness, which might help a child sleep, but would not be the parent's first intention in using it. I don't see anything wrong with a parent giving a child medication to help ease discomfort that is keeping them awake. But to give them medication solely to get them to sleep for your own convenience is wrong. IMO.

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Yeah. I've even suggested it to people. I know, I'm bad but when a child is overtired and refuses to let themselves sleep, it's IMO worse than taking a smaller than normal dose. I know I'm in the minority but I'm ok with it.

Christina - posted on 08/14/2011

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Only time I will give benadryl or night time sleep aids (like Tylenol Nighttime or Nighttime cough medicine) is when my children are sick.
I use melatonin for sleep aid in my home for my children. But I also have autistic children.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/15/2011

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My dad had to give my older girl benedryl when she had a rection to cashews and she didn't get sleepy.

Ashley, that woman also lost her child care license and had to pay the parents back the money they gave her to watch their children. I can't stand people who do that either, it makes me so upset.

Katherine - posted on 08/15/2011

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My daughter just got a horrible bite on her eye. It was almost swollen shut. So I did give her benadryl for it. She needed an antihistamine.

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I give myself Nyquil to go to sleep if I didn;t have any wine with dinner ;-) It's the same concept, huh?

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I have given Ethan calpol for when he had bad teething pain (and only when he had teething symptoms - he always gets nappy rash and burning hot cheeks when he cuts a tooth) and he had a minor viral infection which I took him to the doctor for, the doctor prescribed Nurofen for him which I had to give him twice daily for a week. I have never given Ethan meds to make him sleep he has always exhibited symptoms of pain.

I try and limit the meds I give Ethan, for the vast majority of his teething I used a herbal teething powder and only used calpol as a last resort.

The NHS now recommends only giving your child calpol after vaccinations if they have a fever because it has been found that it can lower the effectiveness of the vaccines...I would imagine it would be the same for tylenol or similar baby meds.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/15/2011

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I try to avoid giving meds to my kids too unless it's necessary like my older daughter's allergy meds.

I've heard of parents as well as care givers abusing medications such as benedryl. A few years ago a woman who ran an in home day care centre in the city my parents live in was arrested and found guilty of putting benedryl into her charges' milk to make them sleep after lunch.

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If my child was in pain or sick and needed a good sleep.Then yes i would give it to my kids.I do like to try the natural options first.I have seen parents abuse that stuff to knock there kids out.

As i have said before, if your kids are asking for it, then you have a problem.I know one mom who uses it each and every night on her kids:-(..that the children will ask for it..as there most likely addicted to it lol..





I give meds to my kids very rarely..there hardly ever sick but i won't rush to drug them if there is no need..only if there is pain and they ca not cope..then of course i would make it easy for them and add extra tlc with hugs and kisses lol.

Stifler's - posted on 08/14/2011

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I think personally that its better for your kid to have a good night's sleep then have a bad night's sleep just because you don't want to "drug" them.

Stifler's - posted on 08/14/2011

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One of my clients at work had Respiradol or whatever it's called because he was so boisterous. He was severely autistic.

Katherine - posted on 08/14/2011

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Yes, I've heard of melatonin being used for a lot of autistic children. Many have a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep. Of course with me it had the opposite effect.

Stifler's - posted on 08/12/2011

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I shoot the ,liquid down my kid's throat and then stroke his neck. Apparently, like a vet does.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/12/2011

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I give it to my older daughter in hopes that it'll knock her the heck out. Kidding!

My older daughter (Abby) has bad allergies so I give her benedryl for that, but only when she really needs it and asked for it. But even when she asks I wait until her eyes are red and itchy.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/12/2011

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He is 8. He just wont do it. So I guess it cant hurt that bad. :)

Shannintipton - posted on 08/12/2011

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No, you can do that???? I tried getting my son to swallow just one tylenol tablet for his leg and he couldn't do it.

Jenn - posted on 08/12/2011

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I have given them both when needed, but it had nothing to do with sleep. I only give medication when absolutely necessary and only for it's intended purpose.

Merry - posted on 08/12/2011

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No, gave him motrin when he had a tooth coming through and wouldn't sleep but it was to take away the pain, not to make him sleep.
I don't think motrin makes you sleepy?

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I have to be extra vigilant with my 2nd child because like Erin if i don't i risk febrile convulsions. Both time he has had the convulsons he had infections. First was a chest infection second was middle ear infections. Both came on with in 4 hours and within 6 he was fitting. So whenever he even has a slightly raised temp i act fast and dose him with panadole and now if that doesn't work within half hour i also use nurofen which working with panadole brings fever down in those kids who like high temps and to give their mothers grey hairs.

My other 2 children i barely give them anything i'm so slack on medicine so that when they do need it they only need half the amount for it to work effectively. For the past few nights though i have had a cranky teething child so he has been having a dose just before bed. Tonight i'll see how he goes without.

Ez - posted on 08/11/2011

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I have never attempted to give a healthy child meds to make her sleep (lucky, because nothing makes her drowsy anyway). But when you have a child with chronic, recurrent tonsillitis who is prone to high fevers with rigors (and later febrile seizures), they get the meds more often than you would like. Many times I held off on the meds at bedtime, thinking that she was doing pretty well, only to have her wake drenched in sweat, listless and shaking uncontrollably with a 40C fever. So like Caitlin, I used my intuition. Did that mean she was occasionally treated prophylactically? Probably. But a bit of Panadol is much better than a trip to Emergency.

Thankfully, she has been very healthy this year. She seems to have outgrown the problem with her tonsils and is past the teething stage, so has only needed pain relief a couple of times this year when being slammed by a bad cold.

Lacye - posted on 08/11/2011

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I gave Tylenol to my daughter when she was teething to help out with the pain. I gave her Tylenol a couple hours before she would have to go in to get her shots done. I have given my daughter Benadryl because she has allergies and it has made her go to sleep. But to give it to her because I just wanted her to go to sleep, yes. I have done it. She had been up all day that day, wouldn't take a nap, and I was studying for my finals at college and she was really fighting sleep. I felt bad about it afterwards and haven't done it since.

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Tylenol when they have a fever or headache. Never gave medicine to make them sleep, but to treat the symptoms that are stopping them from sleeping. :)

Stifler's - posted on 08/11/2011

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If Logan looks like he's in pain I shoot the Nurofen down his throat hoping it will make him sleep longer before he wakes up screaming. But Nurofen is Ibuprofen it isn't like a sedative. It won't make them sleep, only ease pain. He's never had allergies so I've never had Benadryl or Demazin in the house. The main reason my kid acts out is teething and if he's going skitz he's most likely in pain with his big red gums so Nurofen or Panadol it is. Or those teething tablets seem to shut him up too.

September - posted on 08/11/2011

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We give our son tylenol if he's in pain but never to help him sleep. It's a fever reducer/pain relief not a sleep aid.

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No i don't drug my child so she sleeps. She has always been a good sleeper. When i first took her home i had to wake her up so i could feed her! She doesn't get Tylenol. EVER i use alternative medicine, which works GREAT. If it came down to it though, and i needed to give her some because nothing else worked. I would.

Caitlin - posted on 08/11/2011

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Alexandra - that sounds sketchy..

I used to give it to my first daughter QUITE often to help her sleep (the benadryl) but she had such issues with her allergies and eczema when she was younger that most of the time when she was cranky at bedtime it had SOMETHING to do with allergies or itchiness.. Our doc also gave us a different (higher) doasgae for her, and we had steroid liquids too to help with the issues, so I dont' really think I was overmedicating her just to sleep, though sometimes it felt like that. Now my oldest is almost 3 and Benadryl has NO sedative effect whatsoever. I broke out the bottle when I was at my dads once because he has 2 cats and carpets and she's pretty darned allergic to them, she was getting itchy red eyes, and hives in some places and I actually had someone else there comment that I was just doing it to calm her down and "you know they get used to it after a while and it wont work anymore".. I just rolled my eyes and gave it to her anyways, because unlike her, I know that the next step to that reaction is a serious asthma attack that may end us up at the hospital.. *sigh*.. Either way, I'll predose with claritin if we go over there now, to prevent those symptoms.

As for Tylenol, i've used my mommy intuition for the most part. If my kid is teething and cranky before bed, i'll give it, but not to make them sleep, to remove their pain (the wonderful side effect is that it helps them sleep, but that's as much for them as it is for me!) I gave my daughter a dose of tylenol last night when she had no fever because she was looking kind of pekid.. I only did that because for 4 days before she had a nasty virus of some sort that gave her a high fever, and even though she hadn't had one all day, I had a mommy sense that said to me , "she's going to wake up an hour from now drenched in sweat and shivering again if you don't.." I don't know if I was right or not, but she slept through the night and looks much better today - so I'm pretty sure I did the right thing..

Alexandra - posted on 08/11/2011

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OMG i actually saw a mom do that way before i had my son. I was at a party and she had all 3 kids (the party was at her house) and she came outta no where with a medicine syringe with a clear liquid. I asked her what that was and she just says a sedative. She gave it to all 3 kids ranging in age from 6-2 yars old. Her husband flipped out. I didnt see the big deal at the time oh lord do i woder what she gave them now...

Rosie - posted on 08/11/2011

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i should add that if you are saying to g to sleep because they are in pain, yes i will do that in a heart beat. i will try to stop their pain, be it sore throat, headache, teething, whatever, so they can sleep. i'll give it to them when they aren't tired as well to help with the pain.



i've only had to give benadryl once to my oldest, he had a weird itchy rash and the doctor recommended it. it had no effect on him.

Elfrieda - posted on 08/11/2011

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Yes, I have. When my son was 12 months, he had a tonsil and double ear infection. I gave him baby painkillers several times in the period of 2 weeks or so, just at night so that he could go to sleep. The reason I gave him the drugs was because his throat hurt so much that he couldn't sleep, whereas during the day I made him warm chicken broth and honeylemon tea to drink from his sippy cup and treated his throat that way. Ugh, poor kid. He also had a full-body rash, which the doctor swore up and down wasn't measles but I'm not so sure.

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And yes, I did use Tylenol for teething, but that is it's intended use, right? To relieve the pain of teething? Tylenol does not make J sleepy though.

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Yes--don't kill me yet, let me explain!

J totally wigged out on an air plane one time. It was not his fist flight, and he had always done well before (It think it was his 10th or 12th flight). I thought he had an ear infection or something causing him pain on the airplane, so as soon as we landed, I called our pediatrician and took J to the nearest Urgent Care center.

The doctors there found nothing wrong, and chalked it up to nerves. However, not knowing his complete history, they did not want to prescribe anxiety meds for the flight home. My doctor agreed (also not liking the idea of a new medication having not seen him in person and with no way to know how he would react to it--a bad reaction on the plane could have killed him), and all the doctors agreed that we carry children's benadryl on the plane in case we needed it.
J had taken children's benadryl before, for a bee sting and for seasonal allergies, so we knew how he would react to it. It was the safest option at the time.

We've only ever had to give it to him on an airplane 3 times--I don't give it to him unless he is visibly agitated (nervous and scared, not just because he's bored and whiny and I'd like him to sleep).

Now, I would NEVER give it to him to make him go to bed or take a nap for my convenience, but I don't think very many mothers would.

Sylvia - posted on 08/11/2011

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Not specifically to make her sleep, no. To bring a fever down or reduce pain from teething or something else that hurt (Tylenol), or to treat an allergic reaction (Benadryl), yes, and either one would likely have the side effect of making her sleepy (or helping her sleep, depending on your point of view!). It does say right on the label that Benadryl can make kids hyper, though (I know this because I had to get some Benadryl for DH on the weekend -- he was reacting to something and got hives). Who knows. I guess it's like how Ritalin is a stimulant but can calm some kids down, and some anti-depressants can exacerbate depression in kids :P.

I think I'd have to be pretty desperate to give a kid medication just to put it to sleep, but since so many things that make little kids not sleep when they're tired can be treated with Tylenol or Benadryl, possibly it's a fine line...

Becky - posted on 08/11/2011

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I have given Tylenol or Advil when they wouldn't sleep and were very fussy - or woke screaming in the night - because I assumed they were in pain, probably from teething. I don't give it just to settle them down, but if they are really fussy, especially if it's around an age where teething happens, I'll use it. (Before they are able to actually tell me whether they are in pain or not. With my 3 year old who can now verbalize what's bothering him, I wouldn't give it to him unless he had a fever or said something was hurting.)

Jenni - posted on 08/11/2011

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My children never suffered from teething too badly. If it was bad enough, yes I wouldn't have a problem giving it to them.

Jenni - posted on 08/11/2011

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No. I rarely ever give my children tylenol and benadryl only twice recently when my son broke out in hives.

The only time I give tylenol is to bring down fevers or prevent high fevers (like when I gave my children tylenol when they got their MMR).

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