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Baby + Plane [Jul. 15th, 2007|02:59 pm]
Child Free: Feminism
Recently a mother and her 19-month-old child were taken off a plane for her son's disruptive behavior (source) and later while being interviewed with Diane Sawyer the child was removed from the set after being disruptive (source). Feel free to read the articles and my own take was largely this was quite an emotionally driven story and I would still like to hear something from the flight attendant before I point a finger anywhere.

But this article has got me thinking: what are believable requests that can be asked of guardians with young children while on a plane? I think we can all agree a plane is a very specific and exceptional environment. Are there ever limits that could be asked and what are they?

[User Picture]From: jaralith
2007-07-15 10:47 pm (UTC)
I hate the idea that giving your baby Benadryl is "drugging" it.

*I* take Benadryl on airplanes. I take it not only so I can sleep, but so that when I wake up, my eardrums aren't about to burst. Flying can be extremely painful for me, for the same reason it can be when you're a young child and your Eustachian tubes aren't fully formed. You just can't clear them as well. So giving a child Benadryl, or Claritin... (can you give Sudafed that young?) is a reasonable request, for the comfort of everyone involved.

Also, Benadryl's not that "unnatural." It decreases histamine levels. In the brain, histamines mean being awake. Levels recover fully within a few hours, and it doesn't really disrupt the sleep-wake cycle as much as a long flight does. Might make you thirsty... get some juice once you pass security. It's a wonderful, wonderful drug. Vodka or paregoric? Drugging your kid. Benadryl? Not so much.

After dinner I'll think of a different reasonable request. =)
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From: unsomnambulist
2007-07-15 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'll be looking forward to it!
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