Checklist for Travelling with Your Little Ones - Kids Clinic

Checklist for Travelling with Your Little Ones

checklist for travelling with your children

By Dr Mas Suhaila Isa

 

The rule of thumb when travelling with babies or young children is – you sometimes have to expect the unexpected. In addition to getting your pre-travel health checks and necessary vaccinations done, here are some helpful tips on essential items to pack in your luggage.

Travel Health Checklist Babies

For Babies:

  • Emergency contact numbers: Note down the emergency phone number for an ambulance, contact details of the hospital nearest to your accommodation, and contact details of your hotel or accommodation provider who can provide assistance in case of an emergency
  • Ice or gel packs: Apply these to bumps and bruises to relieve swelling
  • Rehydration powder or solution: This remedy prevents dehydration caused by diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Insect repellent: Consult a pharmacist on which one is most suitable for your baby
  • Antiseptic cream or spray: Apply this after cleaning any wounds. This helps to stop any cuts and grazes from becoming infected.
  • Plasters: Bring along different sizes and shapes to cover any accidental cuts or scrapes
  • Infant painkillers: E.g. paracetamol which help lower fever and ease pain
  • Thermometer : Axillary ones would be effective and easy to carry
  • Prescription medication: If your baby is taking prescribed medicine, be sure to take enough for the duration of your trip.
Travel Health Checklist Children

For Children:

  • Hand Sanitiser: This proves effective against most bacteria, but may not be able to prevent certain spores or viruses. To play safe, practice both handwashing and applying hand sanitiser rub. Be sure to keep bottles stored carefully to prevent ingestion by young children.
  • Dressings: A basic dressing pack is available in pharmacies – this includes crepe bandage, gauze, waterproof dressings, scissors and medical tape. You may include an antiseptic cream or spray for wounds. Plasters are also useful for small cuts and scratches.
  • Treatment for burns: Aloe Vera gel is useful in relieving mild sunburns. For small first-degree blisters, place a dry non-stick dressing over the affected area.
  • Paracetamol: For pain relief and fever
  • Thermometer: Choose one that does not require batteries and does not break easily
  • Antihistamines for allergies (e.g runny nose): Consult your doctor to discuss suitable antihistamines for your child. Some may cause drowsiness.
  • Sting relief for bites and itchiness: Options include over-the-counter anti-itch creams or creams containing mild steroid (consult your doctor).
  • Fluid and Electrolyte Replacements: To rehydrate during vomiting or diarrhoeal illness. Examples include Hydralyte or Pedialyte that can come in powder or disposable tablet form.
  • Moisturiser: Eczema is a common condition faced by children in hot weather, or when using sunscreens or repellents. Daily moisturising will help soothe your child’s skin. Consult your pharmacist or doctor on a suitable brand for your child.
Travel Health Checklist Children

For Children With Prior Medical Conditions

  • Regular Medication: Pack your child’s regular medication with an accompanying letter from your doctor. Be sure to state the chemical names for the medicines instead of brands (E.g. “Paracetamol” rather than “Panadol”) to avoid confusion overseas. Carry these in your hand luggage to ensure they do not get lost in transit. If you are unsure, check with your airline on carry-on luggage restrictions.
  • Epipen: Include this for children with known severe allergies. You will require a paediatrician’s prescription to get this.
  • Sterile syringes: Always carry these with a letter from your doctor and ensure you take your own disposal unit.
  • Puffers and Spacers: For children with asthma.
  • Medic Alert Bracelet: All children with chronic health conditions or allergies should wear one when travelling. This can be organised through your doctor.

Basic First Aid Kit

If you are preparing a basic first aid kit, it should include the following:

  • Antiseptic wound cleanser
  • Adhesive bandages in multiple sizes
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive tape
  • At least 2 pairs of disposable latex-free gloves
  • Cotton swabs
  • Antifungal and antibacterial spray or creams
  • Low potency steroid cream eg 1% hydrocortisone
  • Anti-itch gel or cream for insect bites and stings
  • Aloe vera gel for sunburns
  • Digital thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Elastic/compression bandage wrap for sprains and strains
  • Triangular bandage to wrap injuries and to make an arm or shoulder sling

*There are also commercial first-aid kits that can be available for purchase from the the pharmacy.

Supplies to Prevent Illness or Injury

Depending on your travel destination and vacation style, it’s also important to include the following:

  • Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol content
  • Insect repellents for skin and clothing
  • Bed net for protection against insect bites while sleeping
  • Sunscreen with more than 15 SPF, UVA and UVB protection
  • Water purification tablets if visiting areas where access to clean water is limited
  • Personal safety equipment (e.g. child safety seats and bicycle helmets)

Documents to Bring:

  • Proof of vaccination on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) card or medical waiver (if vaccinations are required)
  • Copies of all prescriptions for medications, eye glasses/contacts, and other medical
  • Documentation of pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or allergies
  • Health and travel insurance information
  • Contact card including personal address and phone numbers, contact of family member or next-of-kin

If you are heading overseas with your little ones soon, you can use this checklist to ensure you’ve covered all your bases. Consult your paediatrician on any further precautions if you are unsure.

 

If you’d like to get travel health advice or travel vaccinations for your young ones, book an appointment with our paediatrician today.

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