Sometimes seen as an easy solution to get a child to sleep, medicating a child to make him sleep is not a good decision, a children’s hospital doctor tell The Irish Independent.

She warned of the damage that can be caused to toddlers and young children by the misuse of medicine and that up to 30pc of parents used painkillers to put children to sleep or on long journeys.

“Children who are given over-the-counter analgesics early are more likely to self-medicate in later life,” she added.