Traveling with Kids

Pediatrician Dr. George Bengston had advice for making travel with kids easier this holiday season.

The Week Before

- Sensible bedtimes, good sleep routine

- If travel invovles changing time zones, do a gradual shift of bedtimes but don't try to completely switch zones before travel

 Travel Day

- Allow plenty of time for TSA screenings, inspections, etc.

- Don't feed anything you don't want vomitted on you

- Pack carry-ons as if you can't get out of your seat:

- Change of clothes for kids and parents

- Plastic trash bags for trash

- Extra drinks for kids

- Avoid medicines like Benadryl

 On Board:

- Wash hands frequently

- Buy the seat for your child, it's the safest way for them to travel

- Bring car seat to gate

- Count number of rows to exit

- Feeding during ascent/descent is fine but not during takeoff/landing

- Lots of little treats, books, gizmos to keep them occupied

 After Arrival

- Don't count on sleep during a red-eye with kids

- Don't drive after a red-eye

- Be considerate of families with children

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