If the kids become too much to handle, slip 'em a little cold medicine. It's an often-repeated joke - or advice - that parents share on the playground or on Twitter and Facebook pages.

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, who likened the practice to child abuse.

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Do you think it's child abuse to give your children things like cough syrup so you can get some rest?
If the kids become too much to handle, slip 'em a little cold medicine. It's an often-repeated joke - or advice - that parents share on the playground or on Twitter and Facebook pages.

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, who likened the practice to child abuse.

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11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/23/10 - 12:28:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Is the kid sick or not? If yes, then I don't think that's abuse...it's selfish to think that way but it's not abuse. But if the kid wasn't sick then what the hell? After hearing stories like this, I don't feel so bad about my parenting skills anymore...I mean, the worst I ever did was raise my voice to my kid and I feel so bad afterward...
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/23/10 - 12:47:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course it is child abuse to drug your child if it isn't sick.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/23/10 - 10:09:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only time I would do this is for unavoidable situations where I need the kid(s) to be totally compliant for a long period of time. Like taking a screaming baby on a 12 hour flight, or something of that nature.

But to those saying how horrible this is, what's your opinion of parents that give their children Ritalin? Or are they excused because hyperactivity is now an illness?
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/23/10 - 10:26:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Haha! I would never do that to my kid. I wouldn't call it child abuse... but I wouldn't do it. That's why God invented video games. To shut children up.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 7/24/10 - 1:42:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the kid is sick and it is just a cough then I would say give it some cough syrup but if you are doing it to just get some sleep and they do not really need it then yes it is child abuse.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/25/10 - 12:16:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 7/24/10 - 1:42:29 PM princesss wrote:
If the kid is sick and it is just a cough then I would say give it some cough syrup but if you are doing it to just get some sleep and they do not really need it then yes it is child abuse.

That's kind of the point of cough syrup, yeah. But this isn't about giving your kid cough syrup when they're sick, so your post is kind of redundant.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/25/10 - 12:27:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
I knew a man who used to give his 6 month old daughter a glass of port to make her sleep.
Yes, it's abuse!
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/25/10 - 1:31:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 12:47:18 PM Poess wrote:
Of course it is child abuse to drug your child if it isn't sick.

This.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Saturday 8/14/10 - 2:26:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
in a manner of speaking, i put yes, but it's just on the line.
11 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/28/11 - 4:07:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 10:26:43 PM HardRocks wrote:
Haha! I would never do that to my kid. I wouldn't call it child abuse... but I wouldn't do it. That's why God invented video games. To shut children up.


Agreed.

Seriously. A tv, some video games, and/or a computer are all you need if you wanna get some rest.
11 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 1/28/11 - 4:12:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 12:47:18 PM Poess wrote:
Of course it is child abuse to drug your child if it isn't sick.
On Sunday 7/25/10 - 1:31:11 AM Energized wrote:
This.

Agreed.
That it is better than drowning them in the bathtub is hardly where we draw the line between good and bad parenting.
11 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 3/17/11 - 4:18:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it's to help the child get healthy.
9 yrs ago - Monday 5/20/13 - 11:52:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 12:47:18 PM Poess wrote:
Of course it is child abuse to drug your child if it isn't sick.

I am sticking to my guns on this one.
9 yrs ago - Monday 5/20/13 - 11:54:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 7/25/10 - 12:27:22 AM sander wrote:
I knew a man who used to give his 6 month old daughter a glass of port to make her sleep. Yes, it's abuse!

My father did, with DeKyuper.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 12:54:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
give kids video games and they'll leave you alone for a while.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 1:02:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
My father would put a little whiskey in my bottle or cup to knock me out. Would I consider it child abuse? No.
I'm still alive today. I'm not an alcoholic.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 1:53:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 5/21/13 - 1:02:41 AM mphollabakk wrote:
My father would put a little whiskey in my bottle or cup to knock me out. Would I consider it child abuse? No. I'm still alive today. I'm not an alcoholic.

This is the dumbest rationale people use. "Well I'm still alive now so it's totally fine."

If my father had deliberately broken my arm when I was an infant, but it healed perfectly and I don't suffer any adverse effects from it, does that mean it's totally fine and wouldn't be considered abuse?
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 2:32:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
Getting my arm broken and having a sip of whiskey are two completely different things.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 2:35:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 10:26:43 PM HardRocks wrote:
Haha! I would never do that to my kid. I wouldn't call it child abuse... but I wouldn't do it. That's why God invented video games. To shut children up.


Is sitting your child in front of a television to play mind-rotting video games healthy? Probably not.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 3:49:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 10:26:43 PM HardRocks wrote:
Haha! I would never do that to my kid. I wouldn't call it child abuse... but I wouldn't do it. That's why God invented video games. To shut children up.
On Tuesday 5/21/13 - 2:35:05 AM mphollabakk wrote:
Is sitting your child in front of a television to play mind-rotting video games healthy? Probably not.

Oh and another thing: Anything that has anything to do with a television is automatically "mind-rotting." Please.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 4:14:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 7/23/10 - 12:47:18 PM Poess wrote:
Of course it is child abuse to drug your child if it isn't sick.
On Sunday 7/25/10 - 1:31:11 AM Energized wrote:
This.
On Friday 1/28/11 - 4:12:31 PM IRLIteach wrote:
Agreed. That it is better than drowning them in the bathtub is hardly where we draw the line between good and bad parenting.

Bollocks!

It's relative. I'd rather send a child to bed a little groggy than punch it in the face.

Knowing when to help a child sleep and when it is safer to do so than not is part of good parenting.

Good. Not perfect. Perfect parents are mythical creatures with boundless energy, enthusiasm and patience.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 5:17:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 5/21/13 - 4:14:45 AM DaveW wrote:
Perfect parents are mythical creatures with boundless energy, enthusiasm and patience.


And if you ever meet a couple, the biggest challenge will be not slapping the smug smile right off their faces.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 5:19:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Im the 19th century people put brandy on the babies sother to make it sleep, now we have more sophisticated medicine.

Actually Ketamine is often referred to as a horse tranquilizer but it's commonly used on small birds and mammals and children.
9 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/21/13 - 5:30:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 5/21/13 - 5:19:02 AM Boredofu wrote:
mammals and children.
This made me laugh.
6 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 6/23/15 - 4:18:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. You don't give kids medicine for something they don't have! You shouldn't do that for yourself, either. If you need kids to sleep there are things you can give them that are solely for that purpose. Like melatonin drops or something.

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