giving 22 mnth old gravol prior to travelling

User - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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we are off on a long enouh plane ride with our 22 mnth old which i have to say has a mind of his own.
my ques is
knowing ur child may have issues sitting durning takeoff and may try fighting me on it and knowing he may just have issues sitting in one place without getting fraustrated would you give him gravol?
my kid is such a great little boy dont get me wrong very well mannered and alo of fun..but we may have a bit of isssues as mentioned above..that is why we wanted to give him gravol.

help me!!

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@Kate, gravol=dramamine. It is an antihistamine, anticholinergic drug that is used to prevent or treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness related to motion sickness. The active component of the drug has an antiemetic effect but, it also has a sedating effect.



I would be very opposed to using this (or indeed, any) medication to subdue your child simply in anticipation of possible behaviour challenges during a long haul flight. Unless of course your child experiences motion sickness and you are using this medication under a doctors advice. I think it is unfair to unnecessarily medicate children, I also think it is dangerous to misuse medications. I realise of course that some parents take this kind of action during long haul travel and I can even understand why, but I do not think that makes it right. Your son may do really well. I would look more into ways you can help keep him occupied and distracted on the flight and ways that you can help him respond positively to this challenge rather than leap immediately to the option of sedating him.

Mary - posted on 05/29/2011

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Another thought - it may not even be effective in the way you want. I gave my daughter benadryl (Diphenhydramine) for the first time when she was about 8 months old when she had an allergic reaction to a particular brand of sunscreen. My ped had reminded me that she might be more sleepy and lethargic than usual. It didn't even remotely make her sleepy. I've given it to her a handful of times since then, mostly when she's been exceptionally congested, and while it did seem to help that issue a bit, it has never had a sedating effect on her.

Steph - posted on 01/25/2013

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I have an almost 10 month old daughter and I am also going on a trip next month. My Doctor actually reccomended giving her a small shot of gravol to make her sleep for take off and to prevent her possibly throwing up.
There is no reason you can't give your son the gravol. He's only the year age limit that they reccomend they be.
I would still run it by your doctor but I don't think he/she would say no.

Mrs. - posted on 05/29/2011

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I give mine a bit of tylenol because her ears bother her so bad during the flight. They didn't used to, but the last couple times she was in a lot of pain. So, I give her a bit of tylenol as a preventative measure and it seems to help a bit.

I'm going to go against the grain here and say...why not? Ask you doc if it is cool, test it on the child beforehand and if you still want to - it is your choice.

It is not for me, but if you think your child is the type to muscle their way out of your chair and be in danger of hurting themselves during take off or something...it is your call.

I'd just test it ahead of time. You don't want him to get all wired instead of relaxed.

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Sarah - posted on 05/29/2011

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Dana M. makes a good point. Even if you were to give the medication to help calm him down during the flight (which I don't recommend!), it could have the opposite effect.

My son had surgery a week ago & the doctor prescribed Codeine for him. The medication was SUPPOSED to make him drowsy, but I swear it made him MORE hyper.

So, yeah I would just try to come up with some creative ways to keep him occupied on the flight. Good luck!

Bonnie - posted on 05/29/2011

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Can you even give a toddler Gravol? It's the first i'm hearing of this.

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Ask your doc, what they feel would be best in this situation and you can't go wrong also.:-)He could recommend something different and more affective.Suitable for calming a child on a plane.If you have a child thats very active and at times challenging then i understand.Its not easy traveling with children like this.I have been there and seen kids like this..its more a strain on mom&dad than others but thats enough for me to say maybe there's something i could give to make it less difficult.If i had a child like this i would think about it and i am a very all natural girl when it comes to meds etc.

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I wouldn't give my girl anything unless the really needed them.If you feel your son really needs it, then its a different story.Its your call mom.:-)Best of luck.You know your son more than me do.

Rosie - posted on 05/29/2011

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oh and gravol has never made me sleepy, and i used to use it VERY consistently as i got motion sickness very easily.

Rosie - posted on 05/29/2011

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i would not drug my child for any reason other than what the drug is supposed to be for. but that's just me, i'm not a big fan of medications without need.
if you are just guessing he may have problems i wouldn't do it. just bring plenty of things to keep him occupied, he may surprise you! :)

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Mary brought up another good point. Have you ever given him Gravol before? You might not get the desired affects. I've heard of it not working or children even having an opposite reaction and being WIRED from it.

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When my son was 18 months we were on a long 5 1/2 hour plane ride. It was a redeye flight and under the advice of my pediatrician, I was advised to delay an afternoon nap, and then offer a tiny doseage of Benedryl. I don't regret that decision. On teh ride trip home, we did not use the Benedryl. It was a horrible return flight. He did not sleep once. I profusely apologized to the people surrounding me. I refused to fly with him for another 2 years!

Kate CP - posted on 05/29/2011

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A thought: I took my 18 month old daughter to Italy and she actually did really well. She was still on sippy cups at that time so I found one that had a soft spout (like the nipple on a bottle) and gave her something to drink during take off and landing (when the ears pop). The swallowing motion helps equalize the pressure changes in your ears. If she got fussy while we were in the air I gave her some chamomile tea and we colored, sang songs, listened to music, watched movies...she did pretty good. A few times she wanted to get up and walk around so I would walk up and down the aisles with her a few times and that seemed to help. I also had my husband with me so I wasn't totally alone in dealing with a couped up toddler for 8+ hours.

Never gave her benadryl and she did fine.

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2011

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No. I wouldn't give my kids drugs that they didn't really need just to keep them quiet.



Just make sure you have plenty of books and games and snacks etc.

Jenn - posted on 05/29/2011

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No, I wouldn't drug my kids for anything. Do you know for sure that your child won't sit still, or are you just worried they won't? I'd give them a little more credit. Find ways to keep them happy and entertained and treat it as a fun, new experience - and definitely give them the window seat! Have fun. :)

User - posted on 05/29/2011

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thank u alll for ur honest thoughts!
i too am very iffy sso that is why i was in need of help!

Becky - posted on 05/28/2011

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No, I wouldn't drug my children just to keep them quiet. I'd only use gravol if they had an issue with air/motion sickness.

Kate CP - posted on 05/28/2011

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Oh. I give my daughter Benadryl when she has to go to the dentist. But that's because I know for a fact she'll go nuts if I don't.

Yea, I wouldn't drug him.

User - posted on 05/28/2011

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going to the uk..
c i am the type of person that like to prevent
last year he did so well but also waS not mobile..
have u ever gave ur kid gravol..if yes any reactions?

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I wouldn't UNLESS he's freaking out once you're already on the flight. He may do just fine, and to me, it's not fair to do that without warrant.

I was worried when I traveled with our 18 month old but she did super well. I was the panicked freak who needed a stiff drink to calm my nerves. ;)

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