The Wall Street Journal has an article today about some parents' "guilty secret": sedating their kids to get through a long flight.
For the kid's first trip to Japan when she was just five months old, she actually slept like 9-11 hours straight through each way on her own. On the way over, I flew solo with her, too, and as I was wandering around or standing and stretching, several people asked what I'd given her. The assumption was clear: dope kids up a bit, and they'll sleep through the flight. A Swedish dad on the plane talked about the vodka Swedish parents use regularly (I mean, give their traveling kids regularly), but in the States, the drug of choice seems to be Benadryl.
The Journal cites a Babycenter poll on the topic, which actually only talks about toddlers. I've created a similar poll below, but it's for babies and toddlers both. Let's see what DT readers think and do. Thoughts, stories, cautionary tales, or smugly judgmental freakouts go in the comments. Well, except for the last one. Keep those to yourself (unless they're really funny, of course).
A Guilty Secret: Some Parents Sedate Kids for Long Flights [careerjournal.com via dt reader joan]
update: hm. the poll's server is a little groggy.