| Planning keeps kids calm and comfortable -- and preserves parents'' sanity. By Jeanie Lerche Davis|
WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD
Ask any parent: Whoever designed the car-seat-and-strollercombo was a genius.
Remember the "old" days, just a few years ago, whenthey were not yet available? Andrea McCoy, MD, sure does. Her husband and veryyoung son flew to meet her at a conference. "He had bags hanging from thestroller, the car seat over his shoulder with my son riding in it -- he waspractically airborne! It was really quite the sight."
McCoy, who is chief of pediatric care at Temple UniversityChildren''s Hospital in Philadelphia, says travel with kids can beenjoyable.
Most importantly, "make sure you bringwhat your child will need on board -- food, drinks, medications," she tellsWebMD. "A baby who gets uncomfortable, if they have teething pain, forexample, will suffer until you land."
Also, bring something for a toddler tochew/swallow to help with air pressure changes. An infant can be fed duringthese times, McCoy says.
Another bit of advice: Spring for a plane ticket for yourchild. "Many families don''t want to pay for aseat for their toddler, and I understand the economics," she says. "Buthaving enough space is important -- not only for you, but for the people aroundyou. Also, a baby is much better protected strapped into a car seat and a planeseat, rather than in the parent''s lap."
To get your summer vacation off to a healthy start, here are afew more tips:
Also, take vitamins. Keeping up yourimmunity is important. Strange places, strange germs -- you might not beresistant, says Hyla Cass, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry atUCLA and author of Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-BodyTechniques to Help You Feel Good All the Time. Her advice:
Also, pack calming treats. "Sleep,diet, hydration," Cass says. "Those are the big three whentraveling." She advises you avoid sugar, caffeine, and alcohol -- all ofwhich trigger adrenaline rushes. Bottled water is the best choice; keep some inyour bag.
Quick, healthy, kid-friendlysnacks:
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