Another reason not to use Benadryl as a pediatric sleep aid
I ranted before (Off-label and off base) against parents giving kids Benadryl to help them sleep on airplanes. I hate the idea of giving kids drugs they don’t need. It’s not good for their bodies and it gets kids used to the notion that there’s a pill for every ill and lifestyle choice.
Well it turns out there’s another reason not to give kids Benadryl as a sleep aid: it doesn’t help them sleep. A new study showed Benadryl to be less effective than a placebo. Although the study was small: 22 children receiving Benadryl and 22 receiving a placebo, it was stopped early because the results were considered so clear.
I also learned that parents are routinely giving their kids the stuff for sleep problems at home, not just for the occasional airplane trip. That’s really disturbing.July 5, 2006