How to stay healthy
Bugs, bite and bowels: Travelling with the family should be an exciting experience. But we must also remember that health and safety while travelling is important. There are some important things you need to consider before and during your travels.
Vaccinations and Malaria
Your GP should be able to advise you on precautions needed to protect you and your children against malaria. Young children are vulnerable to this life-threatening disease, preventative methods are crucial if travelling to a malaria zone.
You should try not to get bitten by using insect repellent and covering up in early mornings and at night, when mosquitos are most active. Malaria symptoms can be confused with the flu, so any flu like symptoms should be checked with a doctor, explaining you have been to a destination that is known to malaria.
Signs of Dehydration:
- Mouth and tongue dry
- Passing less urine then normal
- Drowsiness and unable to drink
Severe dehydration will require being hospitalized.
Don’t assume your favourite brand of baby formula is readily available in the stores in the country you are visiting. If possible, pack enough to take with you from home. Remember! You will need purified water to make up the baby’s bottles. So bottled or boiled water is needed and kept refrigerated if not used within a 24-hour period. Sterilisation is important so invest in a travel steriliser that can fit in your suitcase, along with steriliser tablets.
In-flight food and drinks
Having a stash of goodies to nibble on is all part of the traveling experience for any child. The opportunity to binge and pick and choose is all part of the fun. Healthy travel snacks can be bought in the supermarket in the form of cereal bars, cheese strings and lunch box size raisons.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Is it safe to fly with babies?
A: You should wait until your baby is 2 or 3 months old and is up to date on routine vaccinations, as germs can circulate on the airplane.
Q: Can I travel when pregnant?
A: The safest time to travel when pregnant is in the second trimester, so between 3 and 6 months. It is advised not to travel to malaria borne places. Pregnant women are more susceptible to blood clots, so wearing flight socks on long haul flights are a must.
Q: What if my child suffers with asthma?
A: You should understand your child’s symptoms, so be prepared to carry spare inhalers and emergency steroids. Be aware of the triggers for your child’s asthma and take all the necessary preventative measures.