Traveling With Kids: A Survival Guide
Planning keeps kids calm and comfortable -- and preserves parents' sanity.
Ask any parent: Whoever designed the car-seat-and-stroller
combo was a genius.
Remember the "old" days, just a few years ago, when
they were not yet available? Andrea McCoy, MD, sure does. Her husband and very
young son flew to meet her at a conference. "He had bags hanging from the
stroller, the car seat over his shoulder with my son riding in it -- he was
practically airborne! It was really quite the sight."
McCoy, who is chief of pediatric care at Temple University
Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, says travel with kids can be
Most importantly, "make sure you bring
what your child will need on board -- food, drinks, medications," she tells
WebMD. "A baby who gets uncomfortable, if they have teething pain, for
example, will suffer until you land."
Also, bring something for a toddler to
chew/swallow to help with air pressure changes. An infant can be fed during
these times, McCoy says.
Another bit of advice: Spring for a plane ticket for your
child. "Many families don't want to pay for a
seat for their toddler, and I understand the economics," she says. "But
having enough space is important -- not only for you, but for the people around
you. Also, a baby is much better protected strapped into a car seat and a plane
seat, rather than in the parent's lap."
To get your summer vacation off to a healthy start, here are a
few more tips: