Mothers Are Under Fire for Legally Drugging Their Children

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Are you headed to Australia, Africa, or Turkey or some other far off place over the summer? More importantly, are you carrying small children with you and you’re already fearful of how the trip will go?  Well, there may be help for you…if you don’t mind druggin’ your kid.

The UK’s Daily Mail is reporting a controversial story of a mom who opened up about her use of Phenergan Elixir.  The drug is an “over-the-counter medicine that contains promethazine, a sedating antihistamine.”  A physician usually suggests the drug for motion sickness and “discomfort from certain allergies.” Which could occur with children on a flight, right?

The problem with the drug, as admitted by Shona Sibary, is that you can give your child an overdose which will leave them limp and unresponsive when you need them to get up.  Sibary was quite embarrassed when she gave her son an extra dose of the drug and it was time to get off the plane.

“Unfortunately, we were only a few hours from landing and when the plane’s doors went to manual I couldn’t wake up Monty. I tried cold water, standing him upright in the aisle, blowing on his face — all to no avail. We were the last passengers left on the plane.”

The pilot helped her with her son by carrying him over his shoulder as she got her other children off the plane.  But I wonder if she revealed that the child had been drugged.  The adults on the plane want peace from crying, undisciplined children, but is this the route to go when you’re caught in a catch 22 between your children’s comfort and the satisfaction of the other passengers?

Read Sibary’s account of the controversial use of the drug here.  She makes no apologies for her actions.  Should she?

-J.C. Brooks


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