Tips for traveling with small children during the holidays

Tips for traveling with small children during the holidays


I’m Kelli Warner. AAA estimates that
55 million people will travel over Thanksgiving weekend and many of those
people will be families with kids who are anxious to get to their destinations.
When visiting friends and family during the holidays, planning ahead and taking a
few extra precautions can help ensure a safe and more enjoyable trip for
everyone. There’s no doubt about it, holiday travel can be hectic. Traveling
with small children can be challenging. To make your holiday less stressful,
pediatrician Dr. Pilar Bradshaw suggests these tips. If you’re driving, especially
babies need to get out of their car seat every couple of hours to get some nice
fresh air. So just plan ahead so that you’re not trying to rush your very
tired or sort of fragile child through your travel plans. Think about trying to
travel at a time that it’s possible your kids will be asleep. That would be really
ideal if it happened to work out magically, but that can often help a kid
to get through a hard travel day. In addition, plan medication refills in
advance and have a plan in case of illness away from home. Try to stick to
your child’s usual routines, including bedtimes and naptime, to help reduce
stress and meltdowns. And don’t forget about child proofing. And if you’re going
to someone else’s house to stay, especially if they don’t have little
kids, think about child proofing and sort of how to keep your kids physically safe
when you’re at somebody’s house. Also be aware that the cold weather months can
be a tricky time for car seats. As a general rule, bulky clothing like winter
coats and snow suits should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat
because they can put your child at risk in a crash. This goes for adult seatbelts
as well. Learn more about travel safety at EugenePeds.com/HealthyKids.
I’m Kelli Warner.

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