One mom, Jill Smokler, said she doesn't vilify parents who medicate their kids: "It's not the end of the world." "It's certainly better than being pushed to edge, spanking a child or slamming doors or really losing it," she said.But drugging children with over-the-counter or prescription medications can have unintended consequences, said the author of a research published Thursday, who likened the practice to child abuse.
Medication containing promethazine, such as Phenergan Elixir, which is an antihistamine for children over two, is being used by some parents to make their babies drowsy at bedtime."We have parents asking us about this all the time.We would say go and speak to your doctor about this and definitely never use it for babies."One Christchurch-based pharmacist said she often had parents asking her about using the pharmacist-only medicine as a way to help their baby sleep better.This research was completed on Published on 29 October 2010 Almost a million of the world’s under fives die each year and many others develop devastating, lifelong disabilities – including cerebral palsy and epilepsy – because of a problem called birth asphyxia, which can cause brain damage.Cooling a baby’s temperature down for three days after birth can give him, or her, a better chance of surviving and escaping disability, but this doesn’t help all babies.