A woman who gave her niece ‘sleeping pills’ while staying at home has torn the internet.
Posted on Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole forum, a woman with the username u/drugged_up_aunt shared her story for the “AITA” community to decide if she was wrong. The viral post has 6,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.
The Redditor begins her story by explaining that her 8-year-old niece has been living with her for a month because her sister is dealing with an emergency. Her niece had trouble sleeping. The original poster (OP) noticed that her niece was having trouble sleeping.
The user wrote, “She was tired, I was tired. Just to experiment, I took children’s vitamin C tablets and told her they were sleeping pills. And it worked like magic! She fell asleep instantly and slept through the night! the rest of her stay with me, whenever she couldn’t sleep, I gave her a “sleeping pill.”
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“Two days ago she went back to her parents and last night she couldn’t sleep and wanted the ‘sleeping pills’. I brought them and my niece was able to fall asleep. My sister was livid, I I tried to explain to her that it was just vitamin C pills, but my sister says my niece is probably ‘addicted’ now,” she continued.
His sister claims the OP is wrong because she didn’t talk to him before giving him medicine. The PO said she understood why her sister was mad at her and reassured her sister that it was not medicine.
The “AITA” community was torn apart in the comments section.
“[Not the A**hole]. Come on, even if she was addicted to those pills (which she absolutely isn’t), what’s the real harm? So she won’t have scurvy. Awesome. Tell your sister to take a placebo chill pill,” wrote u/gkc88, which received the top comment with over 17,000 upvotes.
“[Not the A**hole]. Placebo effect ftw. I gave my child his daily vitamin at night and told him it was his super magic gum that would help him sleep and grow big and strong.
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do,” u/musical_spork explained.
“[You’re the A**hole]. The placebo effect is real and measurable. You have started to create an association with taking medication to solve a sleep problem. It’s not a good thing in the long run even if the drug was harmless. You create a psychological dependence. The actual drug or the placebo should be discussed with the parents first,” u/GWeb1920 explained.
“[No A**holes here]. You should always ask the parent before giving a child anything, even vitamins, or lying to him, even a white lie, but leaving him with you for a whole month, he should have been clear about what was going and what. was wrong,” u/gurgilewis.
Newsweek contacted u/drugged_up_aunt for comment.