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    Dad2b is offline Registered User
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    Sedatives for flying

    We are going on a long flight with a two and half-year old and are very worried that he is too excited and wont sleep on the flight (mostly night flying).
    Are there any mild sedatives you can buy over the counter? We don't want to knock him flat for 12 hours, just help him relax.

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    Hi there. if you're looking for herbal remedies perhaps try something from the Bach Flower range http://www.bachflower.com/Babies.htm

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    Can you buy this in HK, the Rescue Sleep looks promising.

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    Our 2.5 year old has never attempted to stay up all night on a long haul flight. Might be worrying over nothing.

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    Anything you get prescribed from the Ped e.g. a mild antihistamine, I would try first at home. Our bub had the opposite reaction to Phenergan which is commonly used - it was like she'd had an expresso.. not a pleasant experience! We now have Actifed which she is fine with, but we use sparingly when flying. Valerian is a natural remedy, as is a specific sort of tart cherry juice (which you can get at 360 in the natural remedy section)

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    hi dad2b
    we annually take our kids on 18 hr flights (hk-toronto) and although they stay up later than they normally would, we find they do sleep on the flight.
    make sure you pack warm clothes for your son. a sleeper with feet, or cozy socks he won't kick off. a blanket from his cot which reminds him of home. my husband will tuck an airplane blanket from our kids' headrest into the headrest infront of the child to create a darker atmosphere once it is "bedtime".
    i agree with leahH, anything you get prescribed, try first at hime.
    good luck!

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    i just returned from a long haul HKG-SYD and back with my 3yr9m son and my 1y9m daughter. my daughter, a holy terror most of the time, slept almost the entire flight. she was asleep 5 minutes after take-off and slept until we landed in sydney.

    on the return, an afternoon flight, she slept 5 minutes after take-off for about 2 hours, then was awake for about 3 hours then went back to sleep again.

    she followed her "home-time" schedule almost perfectly.

    i was terrified what she'd be like, but she was really very good.
    so good, in fact that i'm now planning a trip to canada in march!

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