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Updated 25 February 2013

Keeping the kids cool when flying

Plane trips with young children can be hair-raising for parents (and fellow passengers).

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Plane trips with young children can be hair-raising for parents (and fellow passengers). Here are a few tips to ensure that you enjoy your trip and don't wish you rather stayed at home.

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Book in early so that you can sit together; try to get seats at the back of the plane, close to the toilets and attendants; use your child's car seat on the plane and check if there are designated areas in the plane that are suited for children; if you want to use a sedative, check this with your doctor first – sometimes medication has the opposite effect and it could make your child hyperactive; to avoid and reduce earache during take-off and landing, bottle- or breastfeed your infant, or give your older child something to suck on; pack a bag with lots of different toys to keep your child occupied. 

 
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