Health Tip: Taking a Plane Trip With Baby

-- Taking a plane ride with baby requires a little extra planning.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to help ensure a more pleasant flight:

  • Do your best to stay relaxed if baby cries.
  • Let baby look out the window.
  • If baby looks like he/she wants to sleep, pull the shade for a little darkness.
  • Take baby for a walk up and down the aisle (when safe) if baby fusses.
  • Talk to your pediatrician before you fly if your baby has an ear infection or a cold. Ask about ways to help prevent ear pain.
  • Plug baby's ears with cotton balls to block out loud noise.
  • Let baby suck on a bottle or pacifier, especially during takeoff and landing.

Posted: July 2010


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