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World's kindest stranger calmly soothes shrieking infant on early morning flightMaybe we should all try a little kindness instead of hatred (www.thv11.com) More...
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My wife and I were traveling with our 10-month-old daughter from San Francisco to Honolulu on a very crowded Continental DC-10. We could only keep her occupied for a couple of hours as she kept getting more and more fidgety. A flight attendant from heaven asked if she could take our daughter. Our daughter was learning to walk and this flight attendant had her holding her fingers as she walked up one aisle and down the other. They made several laps around the airplane while my wife and I were able to relax. Our daughter spent a little energy and rested after that. Angels do exist!
My wife and I have been in this situation before also. Anyone with kids knows they don't have a switch to turn off crying. I think it was a wonderful thing this mother did to help the young mother. It really make me mad to see people on a plane griping about a baby crying on a plane. They can't halp it or the mother can only do so much. Is she going to take the baby and step out for a few minutes at 35,000 feet? People should be like this lady and be more understanding and less bitching. The last time I was on a flight we were held for a lady and her son who was a teenager for 10 minutes so they could wait for their Burger King order. Now tell me who was the rudest of the two!!
I think the biggest thing is one that is screaming and the mother not even making an effort to do anything.
Sounds like it started with the understanding that baby was feeding off monther's anxiety.
As witnessed mainly during takeoff and landings, most baby's shriek a fit because their tiny sensitive ears hurt from cabin pressure changes. They will most always stop their wail when the pain abates. Use the old flight attendant trick and hold a plastic cup over their ears. . . this moderates pressure change to a slower rate that an infant can accept.