A 47-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

what are some tips for flying with a preschooler?

5 doctor answers
Dr. Laura Webb
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
2
2 comments
5
5 thanks
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Anything fun that they like to keep them occupied is an awesome idea. Flying with kiddos can be fun or it can be very tough. You gotta go into it prepared.
Dec 24, 2011
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
Little notebook with crayons and stickers. Wikki Sticks big fun craft, can also stick to the upright meal tray on the seat in front of you [like a whiteboard]. Also Crayola Model Magic.
Dec 24, 2011
Dr. Javier Chinen
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
2
2 thanks
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
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
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
3
3 thanks
Dr. Boris Aronzon
23 years experience Anesthesiology
Keep occupied: Keep him occupied. Discuss the trip in advance and use time on the plane to learn about the place you are going to. On the way back draw a pictures from your visit.
Answered on Feb 16, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Middleton
39 years experience Pediatrics
Keep him busy: You will need lots of games, books, toys, etc. To keep him occupied during the trip.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Strange, scary,: Early on, when child is with others without a parent, need to get across to them in a non-frightening manner, that if feel in any way uncomfortable ab ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyon Hood
Dr. Kyon Hood answered
19 years experience Pediatrics
Many possibilities: Kids may do this in anger or a way to cope with stress. Without knowing more about what else is going on and if you have any other concerns, this is ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fox
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
Let them play outsid: If you just let your child play outside a significant portion of the day they will exercise themselves adequately. Riding toys, sandboxes, gym sets e ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month