Health Tip: Travel Safely With a Child

Long-distance travel is worrisome enough. But add a child to the mix, and stress levels can only rise.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make traveling with a child easier:

  • Adjust your child's sleep schedule a few days before departure to minimize jet lag. Once you arrive, encourage the child to play outside during daylight hours to help the child adjust to the time difference.
  • Pay careful attention while a child swims. Pools may not be equipped with the same modern drain systems, and beaches may not have lifeguards.
  • Make sure your child always wears a life jacket on a boat.
  • Carefully inspect lodging areas for exposed wiring, pest poison, paint chips or inadequate stairway or balcony railings.
  • Be aware that a crib or play yard provided by a hotel may not meet familiar safety standards.
  • Pack mosquito protection if you're traveling to a country that hosts a mosquito-borne disease.
  • Consult a pediatrician to make sure your child is up to date on vaccinations.

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