Sedating antihistamine abuse
Non-drowsy antihistamines are generally the best option, as they're less likely to make you feel sleepy.But types that make you feel sleepy may be better if your symptoms affect your sleep.It was what was going to save me from a lynching at 37,000 ft.Who would have thought that for many people, this simple decision to sedate my daughter with an antihistamine was a dangerous abuse of my parental power?But many mothers, like me, believe it’s common sense.The rights and wrongs of sedating babies on long-haul flights is a controversial war that is being waged on internet parenting forums, fuelled by the huge rise in families seeking long-haul destinations over Easter in the desperate search for sun.
Antihistamines work by stopping a substance called histamine affecting the cells in your body.
And before you all get started on why I choose to drag my offspring to far-flung corners of the Earth, let me explain that they have a grandfather in Fiji (a 28-hour flight) and a grandmother in Canada (an 11-hour flight). So ever since that first overseas flight with Flo, I have clutched my bottle of over-the-counter antihistamine tighter than my passport.
Indeed, it is the first item to go in my flight bag, ahead of toothbrushes and teddy bears. You can call me selfish, irresponsible and foolhardy.
Like all medicines, antihistamines can cause side effects.
Side effects of older types of antihistamines can include: Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine for a full list of possible side effects and advice about when to get medical help.