Follow these simple and easy recommendations when traveling this summer, to create happy and lasting memories with your kids and family. And enjoy!
Summer holidays are already in full swing! With families with young children, it is very important to take into account your child’s physical constitution, perception, and overall health state. Here are several recommendations for you if traveling to hot climates this summer:
- See your doctor at least one month before your trip to discuss your plans and the possible risks during your holidays. A doctor will help you make a tailored travel kit and advise you on necessary vaccines you may require for your trip.
- Children are particularly prone to dehydration because they do not drink unless they are feeling thirsty. So it is important to maintain normal water balance, especially if the ambient temperature is high.
- If you are planning to travel with your newborn baby, you need to drink more and offer more frequent feeding to your child.
- In case the temperature is particularly high, and you do not have enough breast milk, you may offer your child water instead.
- Pay attention to your baby’s urine—if it is darker than usual or has a pungent smell, insist that your child drinks more liquids.
- Dehydration can sometimes cause constipation. Give water to your baby or child and gently massage the tummy with your child’s knees to their chest. Another type of dehydration can sometimes cause diarrhea, which can be induced by infection or poisoning. It can be cured by active drinking of sales water bit in this case, you may want to also consult with your physician.
- If tap water is not drinkable, use bottled water. When preparing infant formula, use low mineral water. Make sure your baby does not drink from the tap, even when teeth-brushing. Keep a water bottle on the sink; it will be a useful reminder if you need to sterilize bottles, pacifiers, etc…
- Low cabin humidity on the plane can cause irritation and dryness of the nose, so its important that kids drink water very often. You can also moisten your child’s nostrils with water. To avoid discomfort in your child’s ears during the plane trip, massage them or give a lollipop to your child during takeoff and landing.
- Wear lightweight, free, light colored clothing and use sunscreen and hats. Try to avoid staying in the sun for too long, use a shaded area, and plan your outdoor activities during the cooler part of the day (form 9 am to 11 am, and after 5 pm.).
- If your kids are crawling, one of the easiest ways to keep their skin clean is to bring along an extra beach towel that can be placed anywhere.
- Make sure to keep away your child from various animals to prevent bites, injury and rabies. If the child has been bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and contact your doctor.
- If you are going to a country where diseases can be transmitted by insect bites (like malaria), consult your doctor regarding antimalarial drugs. Also, try to prevent insect bites – use repellents, special bed net and wear long sleeves and pants during sleep. Some hotels do not provide mosquito nets for cots, so take care about their availability in advance.
- Be aware: car accidents and drowning are leading cause of children’s death when traveling. Children must sit in an appropriate car-seat. Keep a constant eye on your children near the water and wear a life-jacket where necessary.