Traveling With Kids: “Pull-Up” Diapers

by Anya Clowers, RN on December 20, 2007

 

Traveling With Kids: “Pull-Up” Diapers

For the older children who are recently potty trained or in the process, revert back to using diapers while in flight. For little egos hurt by this, it can help to refer to the diapers as “special diapers”- or maybe even explain that special flight diapers are even used by the astronauts for their flights!

I have even suggested that the child be allowed to draw on them with marker to designate them as “flight pants”.

Excitement and/or stress can quickly lead to wet pants – an uncomfortable situation for all involved! Do not make a child wait when they have to go to the bathroom. And the necessity of the bathroom seems to come at the most inconvenient times – standing in a long line at security with no bathrooms in sight, when the seat belt light is on and passengers are not allowed to use the restroom, or the line is long for the small, disgusting bathrooms on board. In these cases, pull ups are a great option.

Put them on before you arrive at the airport. My son just treats the pull ups like underwear that he pulls down when he is in the bathroom. Most times, he doesn’t even wet or soil the diapers and we remove dry ones at the destination. However, for those times when they are needed, it will be one less event to have issues with.

Just like with diapers, pack more than you think you may need. Sitting in a wet seat is sure to produce an irritable child. And eating unusual foods and anxiety can produce loose stools unexpectedly. Pull up diapers are easy to change as the sides can be ripped open instead of having to slide them down the legs.

Which brings to mind – pack at least one extra pair of clothing for both you and your child.

On our trip to Europe this past month, twice my son had to go to the bathroom on planes when we were in situations where it was not possible. Either turbulence or in the process of landing or taking off, the timing was not great. I was extremely thankful for those pull-ups! The other time was on our international flight to Switzerland, he was sleeping very soundly and woke up with wet pull-ups. Traveling is sure to put your child in unfamiliar situations and the best thing is to prevent misery.

I also had him wear Pull-ups (actually Easy Ups are what I prefer) when we were going to be in situations at our destination that were not good environments or times to need a bathroom. In Greece, we did walk into a shop and ask if there was any toilet for “the little boy” – the shopkeeper was hesitant to share his private restroom, but recognized the look on my son’s face and gave in.

Accidents and spills do happen! I know for my son, he is very proud to be potty trained. When he has the occasional accident it usually is due to excitement, distraction, or being overly tired.

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And when it does happen, he is so embarrassed that he cries – loudly.

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Not a good thing to happen when you are strapped in an airplane seat and unable to get him out of the wet clothes or in environments where toilets and dry clothes are difficult to find!

*Another Jet With Kids tip to prevent BIG problems when flying with little passengers!

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