Saturday, September 21, 2013

Important Tips When Traveling With Children

Preparation For The Trip

If the children are of age, you carry them along when preparing for the trip Include family and child related activities so they can be excited too. Remember, children have short attention spans and get bored easily,so Keep it simple.Make the trip a short one and make sure you create room children related activities.

General Tips

If your journey will be by air, make sure you book a space near an exit to give your child space to play on the floor. book accommodation, such as self-contained apartments with two or more bedrooms. Get items for kids, such as pram, stroller , baby cot , toys etc. Get disposable rather than cloth nappies. When visiting places of attraction with older children, aim for activities for adults in the morning and balance with activities for the kids after lunch. Older children should have their own camera and diary' so they can keep an inventory of their own account of the trip. Pack plenty of toys for the younger ones. Play family games such as 'I-spy'. Pack a picnic lunch. Carry the older children along by showing them a map beforehand and bring their attention landmarks as journey proceeds.

General Safety Tips

Make sure you take them for vaccinations before,especially against diseases that are prevalent in places you are travelling too. Pack sunscreen, hats and insect repellent. Take note of potential danger to children , such as unfenced swimming pools or balconies. Make proper arrangement for sterilisation for children that are bottle-fed. Avoid animals and pets such as dogs, cats and monkeys to limit the risk of bites. Don't forget to go along with a first aid box. Safety suggestions during transport Always use appropriate restraints, such as seatbelts or car seats. Don't overload your vehicles to prevent risk of items becoming flying projectiles if you have to brake suddenly. Make arrangements for a lot of toilet stops. Regular stoppages for rest might limit the risk of motion sickness.

Bus or train - use seatbelts if available. Don't allow kids to play around while the vehicle is moving because they may trip. Keep your child seated or on your lap. Make preparations for bassinets for infants though most airlines have the facility. Try to feed your baby or child while taking off and landing, as repeated swallowing can help prevent the build-up of pressure inside the ears. Encourage your child to drink enough water or fluids generally to limit the probability of dehydration.

Illness Management

Motion sickness

The symptoms of motion sickness include headache, dizziness, complaints of feeling sick and - ultimately - vomiting. Motion sickness can occur on any mode of transport but is more likely to strike when traveling by boat. Suggestions to reduce the risk of motion sickness include: When traveling by car, arrange for frequent rest stops. Make sure kids looks out the window, rather than at a static object inside the vehicle (such as a book). Fresh air is very important so open the windows if possible. Make sure your child takes a meal something before traveling, but avoid heavy meals.

Travellers' diarrhea

Children with travelers' diarrhea are susceptible to dehydration. You can reduce the risk of travelers' diarrhea by doing the following: Foods such as seafood, undercooked meats, peeled and raw fruits and vegetables, and unpasteurised dairy products should be avoided as they increase the likelihood. If you are not comfortable with the water supply, only drink bottled water, carbonated soft drinks or bottled fruit juices.

Make sure water that you use for tooth brushing is clean,advisably use bottled water. Ensure that your child's hand is washed frequently. Avoid buying meals for your children from street vendors. Make sure your child doesn't put their unwashed hands into their mouth to limit risk of an infection Take a medical kit containing items such as baby paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and band-aids.

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