Handling Sick Children During the Holidays
Tue, April 20, 2021

Handling Sick Children During the Holidays

The problem is that there is no guarantee that the children will be safe from communicable diseases, even if they are just closeby. The extreme weather can cause them to be prone to acquiring illnesses, especially if they have a weak immune system / Photo by: Tomsickova Tatyana via Shutterstock

 

During the holidays, it is expected that children would want to play with their peers outside in the chilly weather. As the adults prepare the feast, the young ones play games and spend time together while waiting. The problem is that there is no guarantee that the children will be safe from communicable diseases, even if they are just closeby. The extreme weather can cause them to be prone to acquiring illnesses, especially if they have a weak immune system.

Some families decide to go on vacation and travel during the holidays. Chances are that someone in the family will come down with a cold or some other minor illness just before the big trip happens. Worse, they might contract it while you are on the road. Traveling with kids can be tough, but traveling with a sick one can be even tougher. 

Traveling With a Sick Kid

As part of your preparation for the trip, it is best to have a consultation with your trusted pediatrician before it happens. Trips With Tykes, a website dedicated to providing tips for families who love to travel, mentioned in their article that your pediatrician should give you advice for any mild illness your child might come down with while you are traveling.

If your child is already sick, your physician should also offer specific advice about your child’s exact ailment in order to make your travel experience less unpleasant. This will give you a chance to plan ahead before you travel and allow you to research on nearby clinics or pharmacies in case worse comes to worst and you need help while on the road.

Pack Medicine in Your Carry-On

Always pack the right medicines in your carry-on. This can save you a lot of trouble once you are onboard your flight. Leaving your child's medicine in your luggage out of your reach would lead to only stress. Keep your child's medicine on hand, especially if your child needs to take certain ones at specific times. Make sure that the medicine that you bring is familiar to you and your child is also used to it. 

Also, check the expiration date of the medicine you bring on your trip. Giving your little one a dose of medicine that has expired will not only not work, but might make their condition worse. If you don't have any medicine to give them, you'll be stuck with a child showing symptoms of their illness without any relief in sight. There are pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen that parents should always bring while traveling; these can be given to children in child-specific doses. Keep cold medicines that are appropriate for their age in your bag as well.

Always pack the right medicines in your carry-on. This can save you a lot of trouble once you are onboard your flight. Leaving your child's medicine in your luggage out of your reach would lead to only stress / Photo by: greenland via Shutterstock

 

Drink More Water

According to Travel With Bender, a blog that provides tips about traveling, hydrating is advisable for keeping fevers, colds, and minor bugs from getting worse. All of the listed illnesses can make your child dehydrated and can cause their symptoms to be aggravated.

You can bring an empty water bottle through security, and fill it up once you’re on board. This way, you don’t have to wait for in-flight services, or if you are going on a road trip, you won’t need to stop every time your child needs and wants a drink. 

According to Travel With Bender, a blog that provides tips about traveling, hydrating is advisable for keeping fevers, colds, and minor bugs from getting worse. All of the listed illnesses can make your child dehydrated and can cause their symptoms to be aggravated / Photo by: Elena Nichizhenova via Shutterstock

 

Pack Extra Clothes With You

Packing a change of clothes is important for children suffering from mild illnesses. Sickness doesn’t wait for anything, and that includes you reaching for a nearby bin or bathroom for the child to vomit into. It is also advisable not to dress your child in anything expensive or that you want to keep if you know that they are always suffering from motion sickness. Make sure that you have a spare outfit for them to change into when something awkward happens on public transport. 

Also, throw some wet wipes or Ziploc bags in your bag case you need to clean up the mess. This is essential, especially if your family is traveling in public. There are also airline companies that offer airsickness bags at the ready in case one of your family members suffers from travel sickness. 

Keep Yourself Healthy, Too

In order to keep your holiday travels running smoothly, one must take action in keeping family members healthy. The war against the common cold can start at the breakfast table. Motherly, a website that produces articles about parenting, explained that registered dietitian Susan Slate says that families should avoid processed foods and eat more nutrient-dense foods during breakfast. 

Before the actual trip happens, parents should make sure that their meals are packed with the necessary vitamins and minerals for their bodies. It is also best to catch up on much-needed sleep, because studies have proven that being well-rested can help your body fend against the flu or common cold.