9 tips for flying with children

Feeling ill

If air circulation and relaxing breathing don’t help, antihistamines might keep illness at bay.

This experience may still be too much for some children, and they may begin feeling ill. If this happens, you can soothe and distract them by pointing the air vent at them for better circulation, practicing relaxing breathing with them, or offering antihistamines like Benadryl. These types of medicines, when used with your doctor’s approval, will help your child with the sickness. However, it is important to consider that they may also make your child very sleepy, which may be a difficult side effect if you need to catch a connecting flight or can’t carry him or her through the airport.

Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Family Friendly Flying.
  2. University of Maryland Medical Center. Motion Sickness.

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