(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.
Since we do not know if and when infants will cry during flights, arguably, most infants aboard would require sedating to calm the few.
Indeed, it is the first item to go in my flight bag, ahead of toothbrushes and teddy bears. You can call me selfish, irresponsible and foolhardy.
But plenty of research has shown that what fellow travellers really despise more than crying children on planes are parents who do nothing about it.
Usually administered on the advice of a GP to treat motion sickness or discomfort from certain allergies, it has become the secret weapon for many middle-class mothers embarking on long-haul flights.
They're also sometimes used to prevent motion sickness and as a short-term treatment for sleeping difficulties (insomnia).This dry feeling results from air conditioning removing most of the moisture from the cabin air.At cruising altitudes, the air in stomachs and intestines of all passengers is already expanded by 20%, the result of lower atmospheric pressure.Or is it more virtuous to sedate infants, perchance they’ll sleep, and endure the thousand humiliations that parental guilt is capable of self-inflicting?One way NOT to handle crying infants during air travel occurred on an Amsterdam to Detroit flight.