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Your Child and How Much NyQuil

Updated on November 4, 2014

Have you ever given a baby NyQuil so you could get some sleep?

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NyQuil is an over the counter drug often used for the common cold. An adult also may take NyQuil to get a good night sleep. Which is their choice. NyQuil is also given to infants and children when parent need sleep. These parents do not think twice about any risks that occur. Some how they just know that in the end their child will be okay.

When a sleep deprived parent needs sleep they need to rely on a medicine for an adult like NyQuil.

If sleep is more important than giving a baby brain damage, seizures, loss of consciousness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, lightheartedness, and or liver damage; than it is still not okay to drug a baby. Drugging a baby is not needed. If you need help ask for it or talk to the child's pediatrician about options.

A child should never have be given an adult medicine.

It does not matter how much an adult medication is diluted. It is still a diluted adult medicine. If anything is given to a child it should say for pediatric use and should be used under the supervision of a doctor or pediatrician; or at least be approved by the pediatrician.

Parenting May Not Be For You

Parenting is full of sacrifice. Every night you risk losing more and more sleep. It will not always be like this but it could be like this until the child reaches his or her toddler years. Even then you never know since children of all ages have accidents, nightmares, and get sick.

A precious life is given to you.

Some couples try so hard to conceive a child and later find out they cannot. Plenty of those couples would make great parents and would do anything to stay up all night with a crying baby.

No parent should take having a baby for granted.

Ways to help infants sleep better:

  • A warm bath before bed

  • Leaving the lights and TV off at night

  • A calming lotion with lavender

  • A warm bottle of breast milk or formula

  • A bowl of infants cereal right before bed (check with pediatrician if infant is younger than 4 months).

Ways to help children sleep better

  • bowl of warm oatmeal

  • A warm shower

  • Leaving a small night light on

  • No TV

  • Warm Milk

A parent should try to do everything in their power to help their children. Why hurt a child trying to help yourself.

Has this Hub changed your mind about giving a child NyQuil?

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      Traci 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Alison, Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. Just getting back to the groove of things :)

      I don't mean to judge, and trust me, I understand the frustrations parents go through. Especially at night. I have three kids 5,2, and my youngest will be 11 months tomorrow. Most evenings are a struggle, my five year old and 2 year old don't seem to grasp the concept of dinner at 5:30 snack at 7. Brush your teeth, do a story time and go to bed. They would rather jump on the bed, fight, laugh and see what they can get away with.

      But, NyQuil to help them sleep. Not a chance. I would rather struggle it out.... With that being said, I have had friends that were told by a DOCTOR to give kids Benadryl to help them sleep on plane rides, or long car rides. I even have a friend that was told by a doctor to give her son NyQuil because he had sleeping issues and needed help. The difference a doctor can educate the parent on how much to give the child.

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      Alison 3 years ago

      This article assumes that all babies respond to the same things. They do not. Even if you may feel it is wrong to give a child medication to sleep please do not judge the parents who do. You do not know their situation.

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      Traci 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Go right ahead!

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      @Traci: I rarely think to share hubs via Twitter, but I hope you don't mind I'm sharing this one

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      Traci 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes! Unfortunately parents and sometimes even babysitters. It is scary and I wanted everyone to be aware of the dangers!!

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      people really do this?!?

      I agree with your viewpoint- there are MANY reasons why giving this stuff to babies is wrong!!