An acquaintance of mine, who I see at our neighborhood park, told me something that is not sitting well with me. While our kids were playing at the playground I told her how it took several hours to get DS to sleep last night (he is 14 months). And how I was tired because I still had to get up at 7am with the older one. She told me that I need to stock up on benadryl. I thought she was joking at first, but she told me she has been giving it to her kids EVERY night since they were little!! She has three kids 7, 5, and 2. She said that every night about an hour before bedtime she gives them their "vitamins" as she tells them, but it is really benadryl to get them to sleep and stay asleep! I don't really know her all that well. From what can tell she is an okay mom. She doesn't seem very attached to them. But this goes beyond good mom vs bad mom. I think this is abusive. I am not sure what to do.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:27 AM on Feb. 16, 2010 in General Parenting
Answer by AnnaMac at 2:43 AM on Feb. 16, 2010
Answer by myheartx4 at 2:31 AM on Feb. 16, 2010
Well I don't think its any more harmful then giving your kid a claritin everyday like many docs recommend for allergies. Its just that there is no reason other than her convenience, unless they also have allergies. It does seem like a red flag but if she was investigated she could just say they had allergy symptoms. I would suggest other methods for getting her kids to sleep.
Answer by Farrahann at 2:32 AM on Feb. 16, 2010
Do you want to try to help her, or are you looking to get her into trouble? If you want to her to consider you a friend, you might go with getting her some information on why benadryl is bad and possibly steer her towards a safe and natural sleep remedy like melatonin. My sister has been using it on her kids for years, doctor recommended and available at health and supplement stores. If you didn't mind her considering you an enemy then call child services and they can explain it to her. Either way, I think you're right to do something.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:37 AM on Feb. 16, 2010
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