Jet lag is the worst. You’re exhausted and trying to readjust and so is your child. It’s going to take about a week or so for your child’s “body clock” to get back to normal, so hang in there. Here are some tips for easing jet lag for kids.
Tips for Easing Jet Lag for Kids:
Natural Herbal Sleep Aids
I’m not a big homeopathic, herbal person, but these worked wonders. I was a bit nervous about jet lag and a long 9 hour flight, so I wanted to arm myself with everything my mom friends were telling me about. Anytime my kids should have been sleeping and were awake, I’d give them both Rescue Remedy and Hyland Sleep Aid. This included on the plane and when they woke up at 2 and 3AM. (BTW, my son was 2.5 and these were all fine for him and doctor approved.
- No Jet Lag – Buy two packs… one for the trip out and the other for the trip home.
- Rescue Remedy – I used this on the plane and when they had troubles sleeping through the night, when they’d wake up from jet lag at 2 and 3AM.
- Hyland’s Sleep Aid – Used on the plane and helping them go back to sleep when they woke up so early.
Darken their room Jet lag is tough and daylight is what throws the kids off the most. Any light leaking through can trigger waking up & its harder for them to go back to sleep if they wake up early. Black garbage bags work well. I shoved a few black garbage bags into my luggage, then used them to cover the window in the bedroom so that the kids would sleep easier. Worked like a charm.
Skip Naps Just until they are readjusted to their normal schedule. The trick is to keep them up and put them to bed at their normal time, so they’ll zonk out. If they really need a nap, let them rest for an hour and then wake them up. I’d also avoid any long drives where they could fall asleep.
Hunger Pains Remember, not only are your kids readjusting to sleep, they’re also adjusting to a new eating schedule. Jet lag makes kids hungry at the wrong times because their bodies are set to “dinner/lunch time” rather than “breakfast”. If their body thinks its lunch time or dinner in the middle of the night it will wake them up & make it difficult to go back to sleep. Make sure they eat a hearty meal before bed & they may eat more during the day.
Keep active during the day & get outside Daylight and fresh air helps wonders to reset the body. Plan outside activities, playgrounds, beaches and more.
Make sure you get sleep too I know there is a pile of laundry to do, mail to sort and emails to catch up on, but just know you’ll be getting up early when the kids wake up at 2 and 3AM. Try and go to bed when you put them to bed. Your sleep is important in order to deal with grumpy sleep-deprived kids.
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