5 ways to deal with a screaming kid on a plane

We have all heard screaming kids on the plane, mothers trying to calm them down, melt downs of huge proportions. This video has five tips to help out in situations like this to help those parents who have those melting down kids on airplanes. Whether it is a transatlantic flight or a puddle jumper these are little things you can do to help.
1. Try to entertain the child: playing peekaboo or talking to the child or making silly faces can help a child calm down. Having that unknown face engage with them can make them happy or at least snap them out of it as it is a face they don’t know.
2. Carry Earplugs: Simple cheap earplugs from your local pharmacy can be a life saver. Some kids there is nothing you can do to calm them down. So the best thing you can do is cut out the sound by getting earplugs or noise canceling headphones. And if you have those earplugs they help with the snoring business man next to you, the overly chatting flyer the row in front of you, or the drunk college student who won’t stop talking about Cancun.
3. Pass Them a Piece of Candy: best to give the candy to the parent so they can decide, but the candy can take the kids mind off of having a fit or the parent can have it for themselves to help them calm their nerves.
4. Offer to Help with the Child: sometimes the parent just needs an extra set of hands for a minute. Whether that is to open up a packet of formula or to get a diaper ready or just to get out a toy for the child. Offer to help and that gesture of kindness can really help those parents out.
5. Smile at the parent: they are having a rough time and having people stare at you and give you the evil eye just ramps up the tension and frustration of the parent trying to calm the child. A simple smile reassures the parents that you understand and helps them calm themselves down, which helps calm the child down.

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