Bartlett Regional | HouseCalls | Late Fall 2016

“Are we there yet?” As many parents know all too well, traveling with kids isn’t always easy. That’s why, if a family trip is in your future, these tips might increase your chances of happy memories. Each is designed to make your getaway both hassle-free and safe. Here are hints for traveling from the American Academy of Pediatrics. By car Always keep infants and young children safely secured in car seats—no exceptions. Children generally aren’t ready for seat belts until they’re at least 8 years old. Also, don’t leave home empty-handed. Keep children occupied by bringing along soft, lightweight toys and favorite music for a sing- along. And break up long trips by stopping every two hours or so. KIDS AND TRAVEL Oh, the places you’ll go By plane Make sure you have plenty of time to get through the airport security process— especially when traveling with young children. Explain the process to them ahead of time. Let them know that their belongings, such as backpacks or stuffed animals, must go through the x-ray machine, but they will be returned to them. Protect your child from ear pain as the plane descends. If you’re the parent of an infant, encourage your baby to nurse or suck from a bottle. Older children can drink juice or water from a straw or chew gum. Has your child had an ear infection or ear surgery within the past two weeks? If so, get a green light from your child’s doctor before flying. Also get a doctor’s OK before flying with an infant who has respiratory symptoms. 3260 Hospital Drive Juneau, AK 99801 Standard U.S. Postage PAID Portland, OR Permit No. 2901 Connect with us Provider directory: Facebook “f”Logo CMYK / .ai