Managing children with jet lag
Travelling to Europe from the UK is easy, and there's much to see. But what about going further afield? This can be daunting for parents, with the worry of kids throwing tantrums, crying babies and jet lagged children, yet there are ways to make the flight more bearable. If you are wondering how to deal with a jet lagged child, follow this guide for advice on how to prevent jet lag and how to deal with it.
What is jet lag?
Jet lag is the most common name for Desynchronosis. It occurs when residents of one time zone visit another that is vastly different than their own. Adjusting to a one-hour time difference is relatively easy, but adjusting to a time difference of five hours or more will need some extra preparation.
How can you prevent jet lag in a child?
The best way to avoid jet lag is to prepare in advance. This could mean changing their schedules slightly, avoiding destinations that have too much of a time zone difference, and of course, trying to get them to sleep on the plane itself.
Airlines will help with this by turning the cabin lights on and off, signalling when to sleep and when to stay awake. Children, however, may need this explained to them.
What are the top tips for dealing with jet lag in a child?
Other tips to help prevent jet lag include:
- Scheduling your flight so that it arrives during the daytime
- Making use of stopovers
- Reducing travel-related stress
Your children will become very frustrated if jet lag interferes with their regular sleeping schedule, so you need to cover all your bases and be as relaxed as possible to help them.
If you'd like some more tips and advice on travelling with the kids or inspiration for the next family holiday, check out our other pages below:
- Travelling with a baby
- Child travelling alone
- Top tips on flying with your children
- Flying with a toddler
- Tips for boating with babies and toddlers
- Travelling by train with your children
- Travelling with a child who has chickenpox
- Getting through the airport with your child
- Top childrens' holiday activities
- Keeping the kids occupied on car journeys
- How to keep your children safe on holiday
- Can a child travel alone on a ferry?
- What destintions should I avoid with my baby?
- Travelling with children with different surnames
- Can children travel alone in a taxi?
- Flying with a baby
- Can children travel alone on a train?
Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Holiday Extras Cover Limited, registered office address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Hythe, Kent CT21 4JF.
Holiday Extras Cover Limited is an insurance intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 828848. You can check this by visiting the Financial Services Register
Holiday Extras™ is a Trading Name of Holiday Extras Cover Limited. The insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited. Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with company number 13436330 and whose registered office address is 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC3M 5BN.
Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 955859. You can check this by visiting the Financial Services Register