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Health Tip: Taking Kids on the Road

- Packing up the family for a trip can disrupt sleep schedules and diet.

To keep kids happy and healthy on a trip, here are suggestions from the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Pack snacks and other foods that your child likes, such as sugar-free cereals, crackers, cheeses or fruits.
  • For babies, pack premixed formula or jars of baby food.
  • Try to keep your child on a regular schedule for eating and sleeping.
  • If flying, give children sugar-free gum to help with pressure in the ears. For babies, a pacifier may help.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water, especially on a plane.
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Posted: April 2008