Regardless of whether you are going on a long car ride, plane ride, or just want some sleep at night, it’s not a good idea to give your infant Benadryl to make your job easier. Sure, it is tempting because nobody wants to be on a crowded plane, train, or automobile with a potentially upset infant. However, giving your baby Benadryl just for the purpose of sleep is dangerous and it might not even work. For some babies, Benadryl makes them hyper and more energetic.
Parents should keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against giving infants and children younger than two any kind of cough or cold medication. The risk of side effects that could be life threatening is too high and babies that are given antihistamines should only be done after receiving a diagnosis from a doctor regarding the allergies and the correct treatment.
Beyond the fact that Benadryl could have life threatening side effects for your infant, it could also keep your baby from sleeping, which is the complete opposite of what was initially intended. Parents should not get confused that while Benadryl can make adults groggy and sleepy that it might not have the same affect on infants, toddlers, and kids.
It’s tempting to give your child a sleep inducing drug when you are so tired you can’t even see straight. However, try to put things in perspective and realize that as much as you want your child to sleep you don’t want to risk her life to do so. When you think about it this way, you will put the Benadryl bottle away.
Try scheduling your trip during baby’s regular nap time and you just might find that baby will sleep soundly anyway, especially if he is in your arms.