What Medicines Should I Take When I Travel with My Child?

It is always best to be prepared when travelling with little ones, in case of an unexpected illness. Feeding infants during take-off and landing may ease ear discomfort, but more often than not, little ones are good travellers so hopefully you will all enjoy the journey.

Wishing you all the best for a lovely holiday.


  • Adequate supply of prescribed medications for any pre-existing medical conditions, should be arranged before travel. For example, inhalers for asthma or wheezing.
  • Medicine for pain and fever, such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for children. Dosing instructions may vary in different countries so instructions on labels must always be checked or medical advice sought if needed.
  • Oral rehydration solution sachets such as Dioralyte in case of a diarrhoeal illness.
  • An antihistamine such as Piriton for allergic reactions and itching.
  • An ointment or cream for stings and bites.
  • A simple pre-packed first aid kit, available from most chemists.
  • A high sun protection factor sun cream suitable for children, if heading to a sunny destination, although sun avoidance is the better option for skin protection.
  • Check with your paediatrician whether additional vaccinations are needed and these can be arranged before travel.
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