From upset tummies, to stings, sunburn, minor cuts and more, little ones are always giving us something to worry about!
If your child falls ill on holiday, don’t panic. Check out our top tips for taking care of unwell tots abroad…
Before you leave home…
1. Check that your travel insurance policy is in date and that it covers the whole family. You may want to print out any useful travel insurance documents before you depart.
2. Until the dreaded B-word takes place and we know how travel in the EU is going to change for UK residents, be sure to register all your family for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). It’s free and you can apply online. More information is available here.
3. Check and pack your own medical kit to include essentials such as:
Age appropriate paracetamol or ibuprofen suspension, cough syrup, decongestants, antihistamine cream, antiseptic cream, a selection of plasters and small bandages, eye wash and drops such as Brolene.
If your baby has any specific needs, talk these over with your pharmacist before you travel. Remember to ALWAYS keep medicines in a secure place, out of sight and reach of small children.
Whilst you’re away…
Here are some handy tips for identifying and treating common illnesses on holiday.
But remember – the number one rule is always follow your parental instinct, and if you think you need a doctor, call one. All TOTS properties will have emergency information to hand in the guest welcome pack.
Coughs, Colds and Flu
Runny nose, sore throat, fever, aches and pains, a phlegmy or dry cough, sneezing.
• Children’s over the counter medicines
• Encourage your child to drink extra fluids
• Prop your child’s head up in bed with extra pillows
• Plenty of rest will aid a speedy recovery
Vomiting and Nausea
Sickness, dizziness, dehydration
- Drink small amounts of fluids continuously
- Avoid solid foods initially, build up to bland foods
- Wait for the sickness to pass
- Find out about treating travel sickness here
- If symptoms persist or if the vomit contains blood, consult a pharmacist or Doctor for advice
Frequent, loose or liquid stools
- Give your child plenty of fluids
- Avoid giving solid foods until their appetite returns
- If your child has diarrhoea more than three times in 24 hours, has a fever, is also vomiting, or if there is blood in the diarrhoea, consult a Doctor.
Drowsiness, high temperature
- Administer children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen* at the recommended dosage for 48 hours
- Encourage your child to drink extra fluids
- Reduce night-time bedding to a simple cotton sheet
- If your child is under one year old, they have difficulty breathing, they are difficult to wake, not taking down fluids, or complaining of the light hurting their eyes, consult a Doctor.
* Ibuprofen should not be given to a child with asthma
Headache, fever, sore ear, toothache
- Place your child in an upright position using pillows and place a warm (but not boiling) hot water bottle wrapped in a towel over the ear to relieve the pain
- Administer children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Ask a pharmacist to recommend a suitable decongestant
- Do not let your child drink from a bottle whilst lying down
- Keep your child away from smoky environments
- Never poke any objects such as cotton buds into the ears
Small Cuts and Grazes
- Wash the affected area with warm clean water
- Apply a little antiseptic cream and plaster if necessary
- Give lots of cuddles!
Stings and Bites
- Wash the affected area with soap and water
- Place a cold compress (flannel soaked in cold water) over the affected area to reduce swelling
- Try to avoid scratching
- Antihistamine cream may also help to reduce the swelling and paracetamol will help if your child is in discomfort
- Cool the skin, by bathing in lukewarm water
- Offer plenty of fluids
- For mild sunburn, apply a baby lotion or after-sun cream
- If you are at all worried that the sun burn is more severe – consult a pharmacist or doctor
- Find out more in our complete sunburn guide
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