A 47-year-old member asked:
what are some tips for flying with a preschooler?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Laura Webb answered
12 years experience Pediatrics
Bring activities: Airplane flights can be a great time to work on crafts and practice writing numbers and letters. Make sure you bring along plenty of activities (remember the attention span of a preschooler is about 15-20min!). Also bring their favorite blanket or stuffed animal to help them take a nap. Bring some easy to eat finger food snacks such as cheerios, dried fruit, cut up veggies, etc. Make it fun!
Answered on Jan 14, 2015
Dr. Javier Chinen answered
29 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Colds/allergies?: During take-off and landing, cabin pressure changes can cause sinus or ear-pain in children and adults with rhinitis or sinusitis due to colds/ allergies. Hydration, a bottle or pacifier (helps with suctioning if the toddler still uses them), or a dose of Acetaminophen might help for those 20-30 minutes sometimes embarassing of the flight. Talk to your doctor for advice if your child have symptoms.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Ricardo Bernal answered
29 years experience Psychiatry
Infant earache: Taking a young child (under 3 but more significantly under 1 y/o) on a plane can become stressful, particularly when on descent - the connection between the ear and the throat is soft and easily collapses. Babies don't know that yawning will "pop their ears". Strategies include using gum in older children (monitor for safety)or having them have a drink (or their bottle) when descent begins.
Answered on Dec 24, 2011
Dr. Subir Mitra answered
22 years experience Pediatrics
Carseat: I would bring your carseat on the plane and strap him in as if you were going on a long car trip. This will bring some familiarity to him so he won't feel like he needs to jump out and run around the aisles. Also have him suck on something (lollipop) on take-off and landing to help equalize the pressure in his ears and avoid pain.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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