When it comes to travelling with children, some parents might find the idea a challenging one. However, it does not have to be a stressful and difficult experience. In this article, Dr Dave Ong has listed everything you need to do before, during and after your trip to make it a positive and memorable trip for your whole family.
Preparations can start as soon as your tickets have been booked! The first thing you should do is to make an appointment with your paediatrician. Ideally, this should be about 4-6 weeks before you leave for your trip. Here is a simple travel checklist on what you should consult with your paediatrician on:
When overseas, here are some general tips to ensure you have a smooth trip without your child feeling under the weather:
Ensure that you always use sunscreen even if it may seem like it is not sunny . 15 SPF or more is recommended. Be sure to re-apply every few hours. If you are going to be engaging in water activities, you can opt for a waterproof sunscreen for maximum protection. Try to arrange indoor activities or time to rest when it is the afternoon to avoid the midday sun.
If you are doing nature-related activities or know that the place you are going to has a problem with mosquitoes you should take some extra precautions.
If you notice your child is feeling unwell after you return from your holiday and observe symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, a visit to the paediatrician is highly recommended.
Some pre-travel preventive medication might also require a follow-up with the doctor. For example, if your child is taking anti-malaria medication, he/she would have to complete the course as it will last for up to 4 weeks after you return home.
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