Baby on a plane
A user asks: isn’t it easier just to drug babies on a flight? Our Parent24 expert advises.
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I am flying to Cape Town with my twins - 18months and got a prescription for Chloral Hidrate to let them sleep on the plane - is it safe to give this to them? Kwerts

Parent24 expert Megan Faure answers:

I have never heard of this and don’t think any sedative is a good idea for babies. I am not sure how far you are flying – if it is a short trip, let them sleep on the way to the airport. They will probably not need a sleep on the plane.

 If you are doing a long trip over night, settle them before they get overtired, using a bottle and their ‘doo-doo’ blanky. Use rescue remedy, which will calm them for the flight.

More on flying with a baby or child, from Parent24’s writers:

  • Don’t forget your baby’s identity document or passport, warns Kate Wilson. You won’t be able to take the baby aboard without it.
  • Don’t be scared to ask for – and accept help, advises Tori Foxcroft.
  • Come up with some innovative airport games to amuse the bigger kids. Plane bingo anyone?
  • Or maybe the answer is a separate section on the plane just for crying toddlers?
Had any great or horrible flying child experiences? Share them here.

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