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How to Travel Safely with Children

Author: Dr. Aimee Dmytryshyn, MedSchoolForParents.com Expert
Hypothetically a child is at increased risk for infection on an aircraft because of recirculated air, a small-enclosed space and limited ventilation; however, the World Health Organization ranks this risk the same as in any public space. Flights actually have high efficiency filters that filter out 99% of bacteria and viruses.
 
 
Another major concern is ear pain. Top Tips to alleviate pain from Dr. Aimee Dmytryshyn, medschoolforparents.com Expert:

 

  1. For older children, one should use the valsalva maneuver (blow out while closing the nose)
  2. For younger children, have the child eat to alleviate pressure change
  3. Children with recurrent ear infections can use topical nasal decongestant 30 minutes before take off and 30 minutes before landing
  4. If your child has a middle ear infection, do not fly until two weeks after the resolution

 

 
 
Updated: 03/08/2017

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