Going on vacation this summer? Traveling with kids can be fun, but challenging, at times. Below are some tips when traveling by airplane, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to ensure you have a stress-free time with your little ones.
• Allow yourself and your family extra time to get through security – especially when traveling with younger children.
• Have children wear shoes and outer layers of clothing that are easy to take off for security screening.
• Talk to your children before coming to the airport about the security screening process. Let them know that their bags (backpack, dolls, etc.) will be put in the X ray machine and will come out the other end and be returned to them.
• Similar to travel in motor vehicles, a child is best protected on an airplane when properly restrained in a car safety seat appropriate for the age, weight and height of the child, meeting standards for aircraft until the child weighs more than 40 lbs. and can use the aircraft seat belt. You can also consider using a restraint made only for use on airplanes and approved by the FAA. Belt-positioning booster seats cannot be used on airplanes, but they can be checked as luggage (usually without baggage fees) for use in rental cars and taxis.
• Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight.
• Wash hands frequently, and consider bringing hand washing gel to prevent illnesses during travel.
• Consult your pediatrician before flying with a newborn or infant who has chronic heart or lung problems or with upper or lower respiratory symptoms.
For more tips, including tips when traveling by car, check out the AAP’s website: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Travel-Safety-Tips.aspx