We are taking our VERY active 16 month old on a 24 hour flight soon and friends have advised us to give Phenergan to help him to sleep for some of the flight. I haven't come across it before. Does anyone have any experice of this?
Used it 4 years consecutively for both my DS's (but they are now 14 and 12) for 27-hour coach journeys including cross-channel ferry to Spain - fantastic, no probs whatsoever, no travel sickness and yes, they did sleep plenty. Had also used it previously for DS1 from approx 5 months to 16 months as an antihisthamine for excema which he has now grown out of. However, was refused it OTC in Portsmouth this year for a 10 hour ferry journey - used chewable tablets instead - not as effective. Would not hesitate to use it again as it is tried & trusted in our house, but guess I would have to get it on prescription.
Go to the doctor and ask.... (choose one with children if possible!) My next door neighbour is a GP and he doses his children on flights, lots of doctors do. If you get it on prescription, all the better, no charge and the dose worked out by someone qualified .
a doctor friend of mine used it on her kids and had that paradoxical overstimulation effect happen to her, on a 10hour flight - she had a nightmare! trouble is predicting which kids are going to react in this way. could try dosing them at home first. i must say i am a bit wary of the idea and never used it (despite many 24+hr journeys with the kids under 5 to and from the antipodes)
Take enough snacks, toys, activities and get on with it. You'll never see the people onthe flight again, but if your children are behaving well, you'll get congratulated (it's happened many times). Sorry, but have also heard it making some children hyper, others upset stomach....
We have used it for dd1 (think she was around 5 yrs) and found it to be not very useful. In the beginning she was a bit hyper and upset, then had fitful sleep and then woke up very bad tempered and 'drugged'. I felt a bit sad about it, tbh. and didn't use it again.
I agree with bluecow we are taking dcs to australia for xmas will be the 3rd time we have been and have never drugged them we just stick to our normal routine of bed in sleeping bag etc story cuddle sleep and then watching dvds colouring etc have you got a seat for them? good luck if not
I am a doctor from the UK living in NZ so have done the flight several times. The reason it is not recommended in under 2s now is that there have been rare cases of it depressing breathing in this age group with serious consequences. This is very rare & is extremely unlikely to be an issue for you but it certainly put me off, particularly as the level of oxygen on a plane is lower than on the ground so if it were to happen it would be a major issue. I decided that I wouldn't be able to sleep because would need to keep an eye on dd so no point. Would recommend wrapping small pressies like books & unwrapping at intervals & second andiem re normal routine.
The lack of oxygen has a magical effect on lively children. There is all sorts of crap in Phenergan - ds had a massive allergic reaction to it - so I would try before you fly if you think it will help.
We did however have some of our best flights with ds when he was on an 18 months trial of daily zyrtec (theory was it prevented asthma in allergic children), but that is supposed to be non drousy).