What you take with you when you travel with children
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With the world beginning to open up again after lockdown, you may be thinking about travelling with children or taking trips abroad. It’s best to be prepared with little ones in case of unexpected illness, so here’s a practical guide to what to take with you when you go.
What medicines should I take with me?
- Medicine for pain and fever, such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for children. The dosing instructions may vary in different countries so always check the label if you buy medicine abroad and seek medical advice if you need to.
- An antihistamine such as Piriton for allergic reactions and itching.
- An ointment or cream for stings and bites.
- An adequate supply of prescribed medications for any pre-existing medical conditions to last for the duration of your time away. These should be arranged before you travel. For example, inhalers for asthma or wheezing.
- Oral rehydration solution sachets such as Dioralyte in case of a diarrhoeal illness.
- Consider getting your child a medical alert bracelet if they have a chronic medical problem, especially if they have food allergies, diabetes, or seizures, etc.
Do I need to take a prescription or note from my paediatrician?
You can carry non-prescription liquid medications on an aeroplane, but you will have to declare that you have them to the airport security screeners. Travel rules do change regularly so do check with the airline before you travel.
You don’t need to take a prescription or doctor’s note to take medicines abroad but it can be a good idea in case you lose any medications or your trip is extended for any reason. But, otherwise, your medications just need to be clearly labelled to go through airport security.
“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.”
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What other travel essentials should I pack?
Besides medicines, there are a few other essential items to consider when you’re planning a trip with children. Depending on where you’re going and how long for, you may also want to pack:
- A high sun protection factor sun cream suitable for children if you’re heading to a sunny destination, although sun avoidance is the better option for skin protection.
- A sun shade for your buggy or pram.
- A simple pre-packed first aid kit, available from most chemists.
- Spare dummies or pacifiers.
- Sterilising travel kits for bottles and dummies.
- Nappy rash cream
Should I see my paediatrician before I travel?
If you have any concerns about travelling with your child, or you’re unsure whether your child is well enough and able to travel, you can arrange an appointment with your paediatrician.
Don’t forget to check with your paediatrician whether additional vaccinations need to be arranged before you travel.
Wishing you all the best for a lovely holiday.