Stomach upset and colds are some of the more common ailments kids usually have while vacationing. “Diarrhea is the most common form of travel related illness and the smaller the child is the easier it is for that child to get dehydrated, bring along anti-diarrhea medications as suggested by the child’s doctor as well as at least know how to obtain the proper solutions to hydrate the child if they become dehydrated the oral electrolyte solutions that you see on your grocery store are fine to use,” explains Dr. Chapnick.
Along with sunscreen and bug repellant, you’ll want to have your pediatrician’s phone number and stock up on some medicine chest staples. “Disinfectants and bandages things like that, cough syrup, aspirin, Tylenol,” says Dr. Chapnick. And, if any family member takes special medication, never pack it in your checked luggage.
“Checked baggage can get lost, so those things should be brought with you at all times, it is also a good idea to have a list of those medicines for anyone on medication, so if they get lost you need to know the names the doses, the tablets those kind of things to get them replaced,” says Dr. Chapnick.
If you’re traveling out of the country, you’ll want to make sure both you and your children have the appropriate vaccinations. You should schedule a trip to the pediatrician to confirm that your child’s immunizations are up to date. In addition, you can obtain the proper paperwork as proof that your child has the required vaccinations for the particular country you’re visiting.
Before leaving for vacation, it’s usually a good idea to check with your health insurance company to determine if your particular plan covers medical care overseas. Some do and some don’t. It’s something you definitely want to check out before you leave for vacation.