What To Do When Crying Kids On The Plane Are Vexing You
July 16, 2019 17:05 By Fabiosa
Young children on board a plane can turn any flight into a nightmare and cause serious inconvenience both to other passengers and their parents.
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Kids may cry, scream, knock their feet on the chair, and misbehave in various ways. What to do in such a delicate situation? First, you need to look at this predicament from different angles.
What should a passenger do?
Imagine the situation: you board the plane, take your seat, turn on a movie or open your laptop or book, when you suddenly hear a cry of someone’s child a few of meters away from you. Perhaps it starts with a barely noticeable whimper, and eventually escalates to a full-fledged tantrum.
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First, understand that a child doesn’t cry to make your life miserable. The little one cries because he or she needs something and that’s the only way to communicate it. Hunger, boredom, loneliness, pain, anxiety – a child expresses all these with the help of crying.
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You should also realize that parents in such situations are no less stressed and uncomfortable than other passengers. The last thing they need in such moments is angry glances, stinging comments, reproaches, or sighs of annoyance. Trust us, these are not helpful in soothing a child.
If the kid is kicking your chair, you may politely ask him or her to stop. Also, you can help the parents and distract the child by talking: ask the little troublemaker his or her name, where they are going, etc. In extreme cases, you can always cancel out the noise with the help of headphones or earplugs.
What should the parent do?
The best way to calm your child on an airplane is to remain calm yourself. Make sure that all the necessary things that may be needed during the flight are at hand.
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Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding will help reduce the pressure in the baby’s ears, which could be the reason for the crankiness. To distract the child, walk him or her along the aisle or hand your tot his or her favorite toy. Let your son or daughter look out of the window – it is quite calming.
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Try not to pay attention to passengers’ reproaches – they will only knock you off-balance. Concentrate on the child, speaking in a calm and gentle voice.
A crying child on board is always unpleasant, but there is a way out even in this situation. So, what strategies have you employed as a parent or passenger?