Many parents will have been in the difficult situation on long haul flights where their children will just not settle down.
Well, one mother has admitted she sedates her children in order to keep them calm when flying.
But her comments have sparked a major debate on social media.
The mother-of-four, Shona Sibary, revealed her controversial parenting techniques on UK chat show This Morning last week.
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She admitted to giving her kids Phenergan Elixir, which is often used to treat allergies, to calm them on lengthy plane journeys.
Shona insisted the medicine took the “edge off” travelling for young children and “helps them to fall asleep more easily”.
However Dr Ranj Singh, who was involved in the discussion, said as a doctor he wouldn’t advise any parent to sedate their children due to potential risks.
“As a doctor, I would never advise any parent to do that, because technically speaking we shouldn’t,” he explained. “You are relying on what is essentially a side effect of a medication which could be unpredictable.
“I understand some people have no other option, but you are taking a risk.”
But the 46-year-old defended her decision.
“I am not embarrassed, I just don’t think it is fair when somebody else who has paid an absolute fortune for an economy flight seat why should they put up with a screaming child for 15 hours?” Shona said.
“What I struggle with is this parent-centric attitude that the whole world has to revolve around children.”
“Back in the day, my aunt worked in cabin crew for 30 years and they would take the dummy and stick it back in the child’s mouth,” she added.
Of course, the segment on the show sparked a huge debate on social media.
Many did not agree at all with Shona’s parenting methods.
#thismorning oh my god!!! Sedating children?! REALLY??????? This is so, so wrong!
— Sarah (@JoviGirl_1980) July 20, 2018
Is #thismorning actually debating sedating children on planes so adults can have a peaceful flight😭😭😭 world has LOST IT
— em (@emcravenx) July 20, 2018
Drug your child on a flight to help the passengers around you… Are you 🤬 kidding me?!?!? I’ve been taking my kids on flights since they were 6 months and would never dream of drugging/sedating them for the sake of other passengers 🤷🏻♀️ #thismorning @thismorning
— Lynne (@LynneyS) July 20, 2018
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