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Travelling
With Children
DESPITE HOW CUTE
AND INNOCENT
CHILDREN ARE, BEING
COOPED UP ON A
PLANE CAN BRING
OUT THE WORST IN
ANY CHILD AT ANY
AGE. YET AS
HEALTH
LEARNS, WITH SOME
PRE-PLANNING AND
KEY EXPERT TIPS,
THE JOURNEY CAN
BE MADE A LOT
MORE PLEASANT FOR
EVERYONE.
Sara Al Salam will be travelling to America
to visit her parents with her three children,
all under age 10. While she has travelled with
them before, she says her husband was always
with her to help out. “Last summer it was
easy as my husband helped me out with the
luggage and the kids. We did it together but
this year he will not be joining us and I will
have to travel alone on a 12-hour flight. Just
the thought of my two children and toddler
together on the plane at one time is nerve-
wracking. What do I take and how do I keep
them happy for such a long stretch of time?”
she laments.
With summer approaching, many of us are
in the same boat as Sara. According to Abeer
Esawi, a Danone Nutrition Educator, UNICEF-
certified breastfeeding specialist and registered
nurse for Danone Nutricia MENA and also
a spokesperson for Bebelac Junior’s “Two
Hearts, One Wish” campaign for the second
year in a row, while travelling, children can
have a hard time because of the changes in air
pressure and accompanied restlessness as they
tend to feel cooped up on an airplane. “The
most common problems children suffer are
ear aches, temperature problems, stuffiness
and restlessness,” she says, and while we all go
through the same symptoms during travelling,
small children are not as used to these
conditions as adults and cannot voice their
feelings easily which can lead to frustration
and disturbance during travel.
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