What to do if your baby becomes ill while on holiday?
By Jonathan Clarke
When travelling with babies, there's always the possibility that they may become ill during the holiday.
Their immune system is still developing and travel to a new country will expose them to pathogens that they haven't experienced. The best ways to deal with holiday illnesses are to simply be well prepared and take as many preventative measures as you can.
Vaccinations and immunisations are vital in helping your child avoid some of the nasty diseases one can catch while travelling. We recommend you speak with your doctor approximately three months before you plan to travel. Don't worry, your baby won't need additional vaccinations for everywhere you plan to go. Some vaccinations need to be taken over several weeks and your doctor will need to plan ahead as many (such as polio, tetanus and whooping cough) are taken as part of the routine immunisation programme between birth and 18 months.
The best ways to deal with holiday illnesses are simply being well prepared and taking as many preventative measures as you can.
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Unfortunately, while you can protect against some of the major infections, there's often little you can do about colds, sniffles, diarrhoea and flu. Dealing with a sick child on holiday or on the plane may prove to be one of your biggest challenges.
A cold is probably the most likely thing your baby will catch on the plane. All those people packed together are bound to be carrying something your baby hasn't encountered before. Try to avoid dehydration as dry air in the cabin and increased pressure can make things worse. A good nasal spray and a ready supply of watery drinks are a great accompaniment. Keeping your baby's fluids up and airways clear will work wonders and help out if your baby catches a cold. While a cold may be unavoidable, doing these things can make things much more comfortable.
While you can protect against some of the more major infections, there's often little you can do about colds, sniffles, diarrhoea and flu.
You know your baby better than anyone. If there's any sign of a temperature that won't go down, coughing, loss of appetite or a change in mood, it's best to call a doctor if you're in doubt. Before you travel, try to find out about local medical facilities for children and how to contact them. A little preparation can save some major headaches while you're away.