Disable WordPress main menu dropdown (child menu)

I’ve noticed if you add child pages to a page in the main menu WordPress automatically puts in a nested list called .children. When hovering over the parent page in the main menu a ‘dropdown’ menu is displayed.

Basically, I’d like to disable this and I can’t way a way to do it within the CMS. I have a menu displaying the child pages in the page sidebar, so I have no use for it.

Any ideas?

My parent theme functions.php has the menu set up like this:

function html5blank_nav()
        'theme_location'  => 'header-menu',
        'menu'            => '',
        'container'       => 'div',
        'container_class' => 'menu-{menu slug}-container',
        'container_id'    => '',
        'menu_class'      => 'menu',
        'menu_id'         => '',
        'echo'            => true,
        'fallback_cb'     => 'wp_page_menu',
        'before'          => '',
        'after'           => '',
        'link_before'     => '',
        'link_after'      => '',
        'items_wrap'      => '<ul>%3$s</ul>',
        'depth'           => 0,
        'walker'          => ''

So it’s pretty standard. I can’t find a lot of info on the child menu. I thought it would’ve been a common request for it to be on/off.

I guess I could create a custom menu in Appearance > Menus but I’d rather stay away from that if possible as it could be a pain to manage future additional pages?

Hope someone can help! 🙂

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