After all the planning, taking leave, and hype of going overseas for a family holiday trip, it would be a downer if one family member catches the cold or falls sick during the holiday.

Here are six tips to note, to keep your family in the pink of health!

#1. Vitamin C and echinacea supplements

This helps to boost your child’s immunity.

#2. Probiotics

probiotics

Aids digestion and helps to reduce stomach problems, such as indigestion and bloating.

#3. Mosquito repellents

If you are travelling to an area infested with mosquitoes, it is important to use mosquito repellents. Diethyltoluamide (DEET) 7-30% is safe and effective for children over 2 months of age and should be reapplied every 2-4 hours. For parents who prefer a natural alternative, a formulation containing citronella oil in a patch form adhered to the clothing can be used. This is applicable for infants. It is important for parents to ensure that their child is covered in long sleeves and trousers, especially after dusk where there is a higher possibility of mosquito bites.

#4. Always practise good hygiene

Use hand sanitizers, especially before the child’s meal to ensure harmful bacteria or germs are not ingested. Alcohol swabs may be used to sterilize your child’s toys or utensils.

#5. Dress adequately

wearing proper winter wear

In cold climates, prevent chills and colds by dressing your child adequately. Similarly, avoid prolonged sun exposure and make sure your child drinks sufficient fluids to prevent heat strokes.

#6. Do not over plan your itinerary and ensure your child gets adequate rest.

Consult a health professional in the event your child develops any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent fever ≥37.5ºC for more than 2 consecutive days
  • High fever ≥39ºC
  • A suspected bout of illness

If in doubt, always approach a pharmacist to obtain appropriate recommendations and advice to help ease your pre-travel jitters.

Top 5 medical travel essentials to keep in your travel bags for infants and children

How To Avoid Falling Sick While Traveling With Your Kids

  1. A digital thermometer to measure a suspected fever
  2. Fever and pain medications (e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen)
  3. Cough and cold medications (e.g. antihistamines, decongestants and mucolytics)
  4. Rehydration salts to prevent dehydration following an unfortunate bout of diarrhoea or vomiting
  5. Antiseptic spray or cream and plasters to treat minor cuts and abrasions

This article is contributed by Clara Lin, Pharmacist, Watson’s Airport Terminal 3 Transit North

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