We're off on a long haul flight to the US in a couple of days and with 2 little ones with fairly strict nap/sleeping schedules I'm seriously considering using benadryl to help them sleep on the flight and so we can hopefully adjust better to the -5 hrs time change once we get there.
Has anybody done this?
I think it would make things much easier for me and the husband and far less distressing for them. They get very upset when they miss a nap/have a late bedtime but I just can't get over the fact that I am drugging them!
If I do decide to do it I'll have a trial run to make sure they don't react badly to it etc.
To be honest a year ago I'd probably have balked at the idea but realistically without a bit of help to get them off to sleep for a while on the plane it's going to be a disaster! Funny how easy it is to change your mind when it's you in the desperate position!
I was planning on discussing it with the pharmacist and not just picking up something off the shelf. I'd also planned to give my aunt who's a GP a ring just to check that there hadn't been any official guidelines etc not to do this.
My sons CONSULTANT advised this on a 5hr car journey we needed to do. Unfortunately all the Piriton did was make them both hyper so if you do go for it make sure you have a back up plan of toys and snacks.
Sorry but we did it all the time on overnight flights - they slept like babies through the whole flight. Better for them, us and our fellow passengers.
Had a very miserable long haul night flight without my DC's when another child ran riot ALL night, finally falling asleep on landing at Heathrow. I used to buy from a pharmacy in Canada or US for the return journey. Would only use for night flights though.