It is not clear if the infant drank any of the juice; she did not appear to suffer any ill effects.Later the mother noticed that the juice was foamy and had blue and white specks floating in it and that it tasted bitter. We know this from our surveys and observations – handing out questionnaires to hundreds of parents before flights, personal observations while walking the aisles on about 200 flights, and asking frequent flyers how often they are disturbed by crying infants.Little is known about the correct dosage and when to repeat it. Some observers believe that “criers” are the ones more likely to become agitated from antihistamines.And the concept of “trying out” medications at home in the days before the flight to see an infant’s reaction – as suggested in advice columns and books – is more dosing for dubious reasons.Who would have thought that for many people, this simple decision to sedate my daughter with an antihistamine was a dangerous abuse of my parental power?But many mothers, like me, believe it’s common sense.(And, alas, we know little about why they cry at home. Acid reflux is currently in vogue.)Sedating medications are generally most effective when given prior to the event requiring sedation.
The flight attendant repeatedly offered to give the girl the juice, and the mother finally consented.
A poll by Trip Advisor found over a third of Britons would pay extra to travel in adults-only planes.
Unfortunately, we were only a few hours from landing and when the plane’s doors went to manual I couldn’t wake up Monty.
Subsequent analysis revealed that the juice contained Xanax, a medication for treating anxiety. In an FBI investigation, the flight attendant denied drugging the child. (We tend to recall our more exasperating flights, even if they are rare.) 2.
That so few infants cry in flight is actually surprising considering that air travel disrupts their sleep and feeding schedules, they rest in unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable positions, and, if they are on a lap, are disturbed every time the parent moves. Medicating infants solely to please parents and other passengers goes against the grain of modern medical ethics. (Though there is a counter argument: If we knew infants are crying because of abdominal cramps or earaches most doctors and parents would medicate to relieve the discomfort.)Our surveys indicate that infants who do cry are generally the same ones who cry excessively at home, and often at about the same hours on the clock.