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How to ease a child before, during a flight

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For those of you who have traveled with kids understand that it can be a difficult task, especially when the child gets nervous about something. Flying can be an adventure that makes many children, and even some adults, a little bit nervous. Though the child knows the magical land of Walt Disney World is at the end of the air adventure, it can still cause the child to be uncomfortable with the thought of flying.

Here are some tips to help keep your child at ease before and during your flight to Disney World:

  • Activities: Bring something to keep her mind off the flight. Start coloring while waiting, read a book or play some magnetic board games. Handheld electronic games or portable movie players are a great distraction from the actual flight.
  • Ear popping: The pressure in the cabin can cause an uncomfortable feeling in the ear. Kids can get uncomfortable and they can become a little more stressed if they do not understand what is happening. Bring gum or something chewy for her to help pop her ears during take off and landing.
  • Warm up: It can get cold in the cabin of the airplane, only adding to the tension the child can feel. Bring a jacket or blanket with to keep her warm and comfortable during the flight.
  • Bathroom break: Go to the bathroom immediately before boarding, that way there is no need to have to go when the pilot has the seatbelt sign lit up.
  • Be relaxed yourself: Kids react to how their parents are reacting. If you are calm, chances are she will remain calm too.

Happy vacationing!

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