November 10, 2023 // by Dr. Deena Blanchard

The holiday season is almost upon us, and many families will be traveling with their children. Dr. Deena Blanchard of Pediatrics of Sleepy Hollow, pediatrician and mom of three, shares her holiday travel tips below.

1. Maintain healthy eating habits

Healthy eating can be more challenging over the holiday season and during travel periods. Treats are to be expected, and that's not a bad thing! It is, however, important to balance out those treats with healthy choices. Look for food with antioxidants, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Some options include broccoli, citrus fruits, milk, and berries.

2. Stick to a routine

Routines will look different than they do at home but try to maintain some consistency. To keep some elements of your bedtime routine the same, you can travel with your child's favorite stuffed animal, sing the same song before bed, or read books from home. This can help your little one maintain consistent sleep associations.

3. Stay hydrated

Hydration is critical when you travel. Moving around a lot, especially in the dry winter air, can cause skin to become very dry. Keep your little one's skin and body hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Traveling with perfume-free lotions and emollients can help keep your whole family moisturized and less itchy.

4. Be flexible

Finally, cut yourself some slack! Travel is fun, exciting, and sometimes chaotic. A new environment can require an adjustment, but trust your instincts as a parent. If your child needs some downtime away from large gatherings, it is okay to take a break. You know your child best.

Do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician if you have any travel questions or need advice. We wish you healthy holidays and safe travels, and we hope you enjoy all the season's joys.