(HealthDay News) -- Crowded airports and planes can seem daunting to parents travelling with small children, especially when the unpredictability of air travel is factored in.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make air travel less stressful:
- Get to the airport early, especially when traveling with a younger child -- to give your family extra time to get through security.
- Dress your child in shoes and outer layers of clothing that are easy to take off during security screening.
- Talk with your child about the security-screening process before coming to the airport, so the child knows what will happen.
- While on a plane, a young child is best protected in a safety seat that's appropriate for the age, weight and height of the child.
- The FAA allows a child under age 2 to be held on an adult's lap. But the academy recommends that each child have his or her own seat.
- Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied. Be sure to include extras to account for delays.
- Nurse your baby or give a bottle during ascent and decent to prevent pain from air pressure changes. Offer chewing gum or liquid to an older child.
- Wash hands frequently or use hand-washing gel and disinfectant wipes to prevent illness stemming from travel.
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