Child Safety while Traveling

Traveling with kids means parents and adults have to be cautious. Here we have few tips to help to travel comfortably. These tips are not enough. Your alertness and awareness are important. So don’t forget to exchange notes with other parents who travel with their children.

Tips

Plan first

Before you pick up your kid to catch a flight plan beforehand what are the supplies you need to kip before boarding on to the flight.

Precautions for children less than 20 pounds

  • If your child weighs less than 20 pounds you need to put your kid into a child restraint seat.
  • It is good to buy a separate seat for your child if s/he is less than two years.
  • Even if the child would travel sitting on your lap see that you use some kind of child restraint systems. For guidance follow guidelines in AirSafe.com

Be prepared for emergencies while flying

  • Listen carefully to the standard pre-flight emergency briefing. Don’t hesitate to ask if you are not clear. So for the safety of your kids, make sure you are aware of emergency equipment or procedures that would apply to your children
  • Don’t hesitate to inform the flight attendant if your kid has a medical condition
  • Take enough food, diapers, medicine, and other items to last through possible flight delays etc. If your child is on special diet or on medication carry all the child’s essentials with you
  • Keep your children under constant supervision
  • Do not fall asleep as this would allow your children to wander away to unsafe places
     
    See that while on flight your children does not reach cups of hot coffee, and other hazards
  • Do not allow your kid to sit near the aisle because children extend their arms to catch whatever catches their attention. It is best if the child is seated between two adults or between the window and an adult
  • Allow your kids to carry safe toys
  • Don’t allow your children to play electronic games because it may interfere with an aircraft’s navigational system.

If your kid is traveling alone

  • See that your kid is placed in a safe place. Request the flight attendant to seat your child in an isolated row.
  • Advise your kids not to sit near people who are drinking alcohol.
  • Tell them not to eat from strangers.
  • Tell the other person who is supposed to pick your kid from the airport to be there before the aircraft lands.
  • Ask your kid to memorize all the details like contact address and number of the other person in case there is an emergency.

While traveling in cars

If your kid is less that 20 pounds place him/her on the rear seat in a rear-facing infant seat. Until your child is more than 4 years there are different seating available for different age-groups until they are fit for vehicle set-belts.