The fatal risks of using medications to help your baby sleep.
Katie Mulkey of Ohio, dropped her son Haddix off at the babysitter’s house where his unlicensed childcare provider allegedly gave him two tablets (an adult dose) of Benadryl (cough medicine) to help him sleep because he was fussy.
When the babysitter went to the back room to check on him later, he wasn’t breathing.
The babysitter, Lori Conley, 43, was arrested and charged with murder and child endangering.
This tragedy happened two years ago but the family are understandably devastated and have taken the opportunity to educate and advocate against the use of medications to help babies sleep.
Dr Justin Smith a paediatrician and the Medical Advisor for Digital Health for Cook Children’s says:
1. Medications have indications for use and they should be used for those reasons and those reasons only.
Benadryl works fine for allergies and even for itching. Benadryl is not a baby sedative, period. The promotion of its use for sleep in babies is irresponsible and dangerous.
2. Medications have dosing for children.
The difference between the effective dose and the fatally toxic dose is not always as big as you think. Kids are harmed and die from overdoses of just about every over the counter medicine you can imagine. Know the dose and use the appropriate one.
3. Medications come with a dosing cup.
Use the cup or syringe to measure out your child’s medications. Using a teaspoon from home doesn’t work because they will likely under or overdose your child.
He says the use of medications is a huge responsibility.
Such a tragedy that should never have occurred.
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