Traveling With Kids

Flying with fussy, young children can be a frustrating and embarrassing experience.

"People on a plane, if there's a child who's unruly, I think they at least want to see the parent making some effort," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears recommends setting expectations and outlining rules for children 3 years of age and older. "[Say to them], 'You're going to keep to your own space. Your not going to kick the guy in front of you, because he'll get really mad,'" he says.

For long flights, Dr. Jim also suggests bringing a few small, new toys that have been wrapped as presents, and every hour or so, give one to your child to open. "Just unwrapping it is a prize in itself," he says. "Then they get to play with that toy, and once they get unruly an hour later, a new present comes out."

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