Flying with Children Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful. If you’re flying with children, you should prepare carefully. Holidays should be restful!
Planning a flight with children
The start of the holiday. Long drives or road journeys are stress for anyone. Should we go by plane instead? From what age can a child fly? What problems can arise and can be avoided? The prevention of problems caused by flying with children starts with your flight reservation. A healthy baby may fly from an age of eight days. Babies are placed with the mother in the first row where a special cot is attached in front. Although toddlers can travel for free, sitting on a parent’s lap, up to the age of 2 years old, toddlers should have their own seat if it is a long flight. This saves stress for everyone!
Pressure balance in the ear by chewing or gulping
The first hurdle when flying with children is the problem of the drop in pressure in the cabin. In addition, the air in the middle air expands and presses of the eardrum causing pain. Children start to cry (understandably!) and this can further create unpleasantness for other passengers. Crying is the right thing to do though, even if it annoys other people, because in crying, the child begins to gulp and the pressure can be compensated. A tube in the ear which connects the pharynx space with the middle ear is opened when gulping or chewing. You can also hold your nose and blow to “pop” your ears and restore the pressure balance. Landing can also be an unpleasant experience for some. The pressure in the cabin rises slowly again, but in the middle ear it is still low. The eardrum can now be crushed inwards, causing pain even for adults if the balance is not redressed.
Take off and landing made easy
Here are a few tricks to avoid such inconveniences when flying with children. At take off and landing, your child should be awake because the pressure balance in the ear can only be corrected when awake. Sucking a dummy or breastfeeding can help your little ones to open up the ear ways. Chewing gum or sipping a drink can also help older children (perhaps a chewable sickness tablet to also avoid travel sickness). This also has the effect of distracting the child so that they do not become worried, especially if you are flying with children for the first time. If the mucous membranes are swollen by a cold or allergies, give a dose of nasal spray or decongestant 30 minutes before landing and take off. During the flight, saline water can moisten a dry nose.
Using homeopathy whilst traveling
Homeopathy using Cocculus D4 and Tabaccum D6 can help to prevent your child from feeling travel sick or actually vomiting. Both tissue salts No. 7 (magnesium phosphoricum D6) and No. 9 (sodium phosphoricum D6) can be given alternately as an additional preventive against acute discomfort. If they feel travel sick, give them No. 7 every quarter of an hour, and No. 9 if they are vomiting.
Lastly, an unusual remedy. If flying with children, ask the stewardess for two mugs full of warm cloths. Put these over the child’s ears. This warms the air in the auditory canals behind the eardrum and causes the pressure to drop. Can this really soothe a bothered child? Try it.
More tips about flying with children
Take some small packages of food, since children are often not hungry at the meal times set by the airline. Moreover, some do not like the meals that are offered to them. Unfortunately, with current regulations, you cannot take much liquid on board, so make sure the child has had plenty to drink before checking in so that they do not get thirsty as soon as they are on the plane.