Travelling with a child presents unique challenges to every parent. You can make your next trip a more positive and enjoyable experience for the entire family if you adopt certain precautionary measures before and when you travel.
Motion sickness is a general term that includes car/sea/air sickness. It is a normal reaction to certain types of motion when you are travelling. Symptoms of motion sickness include nausea, vomiting, giddiness, turning pale and cold sweats. Children are the most prone to motion sickness, which occurs more often on cars and buses than on planes/trains/ships. Motion sickness tends to occur more commonly in children above 2 years old but improves when the child reaches 10 years old.
Jet lag is the feeling of being maladjusted in your biological clock with the new time zone. It comes from travelling by plane across time zones. Symptoms of jet lag include daytime fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns and gastrointestinal problems. Travelling westward causes less jet lag than travelling eastward. Jet lag is usually less of a problem in children because they tend to adjust their nap and bedtime schedules more readily.
When you have arrived at your destination, it is advisable to adopt safe measures so as to prevent diseases such as traveller’s diarrhoea and malaria. Some of these measures include:
Should your child feel unwell after returning from travel or experience symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes, yellow eyes, please bring him/her to the pediatrician for further evaluation and treatment.
Your child may also need to return to the pediatrician to complete the series of vaccinations given prior to travelling. If your child is taking anti-malarial medication, please complete the course which usually lasts until 4 weeks after return from travel.
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