As parents traveling with a spirited 2-year-old and 4-year-old, we’ve had our fair share of memorable and funny travel stories, but this one still takes the cake. We believe that anyone who has flown with young children can empathize.
My husband had the brilliant (or so he thought) idea of sedating our energizer bunny son, who goes by the nicknames Taz, tornado, hurricane, wrecking ball, and the destroyer, to make the long flight from Salt Lake City to Baltimore, our home, easier.
It’s not fun for anyone to have to sit with a wild toddler for five hours, but a sleeping toddler sounded much more appealing.
We thought we were safe because we had given him Benadryl before when he was sick, and it worked like a charm to put him to sleep right away. It turns out that some kids don’t like Benadryl at all, and they become hell on wheels.
Well, our son became that child. I believe that everyone on the flight, particularly the person seated in front of him, wanted to kill him or, at the very least, put him in a straightjacket and a muzzle. The flight attendant, who used to work as a nanny, knew right away that something wasn’t right and assumed it was a bad dose of Benadryl.
I took him to the front of the plane’s restroom to change his diaper while he was acting crazy. He dashed down the aisle at breakneck speed as we returned to our seats. I couldn’t catch up to him until he had run the entire plane because he was so quick and agile—he was much smaller than I was and could maneuver through the narrow aisle like a star football player.
My husband claimed that he saw a flash pass by his seat before spotting me running after yelling the name of my son. It struck him as hilarious. I haven’t. Today, we can both laugh about it, but we will never again make that mistake.
Therefore, to all of my fellow parents whose children are traveling, please exercise caution and never use Benadryl for a stress-free flight unless you have tested it several times and are confident that your child will not become a Tasmanian devil. Go for it unless you want to add something to your collection of funny holiday stories.