Navigation Links
Doctor Offers Tips on How to Travel With Kids
Date:8/2/2011

TUESDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- From long plane rides to cramped road trips, family vacations can spell trouble, but parents can take steps before leaving home to help their families return with fond memories rather than horror stories, a pediatrician says.

"Having three kids, I know how stressful it can be traveling with children, especially young children. Listening to 'are we there yet?' [and] trying to maneuver through security or just trying to cure boredom from being crammed in a car or airplane can challenge anyone's patience," Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician and assistant professor in the pediatrics department at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a Loyola news release.

No matter how fun or exciting the destination, the process of getting there can be downright boring for kids, but the doctor noted that the cure for boredom is variety. In preparing for a trip, parents can purchase inexpensive games, books and new toys at a local dollar store, she pointed out.

"Bring books, movies, games, toys, and don't forget extra batteries and chargers, or when the power fades you'll have some very upset kids. It's always a good idea to pack extra headsets as well because these are easily broken or lost," said Chow. "My husband always says whoever invented the car DVD players deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."

Given the uncertainties of travel, parents should also not venture far from home with their kids without packing adequate healthy snacks, the expert noted.

For road trips, she suggested packing a cooler with nutritious snacks such as fruit, chopped vegetables, drinks, crackers, sandwiches and fruit snacks.

Families traveling by plane are more limited in what they can bring, but it's critical to have snacks in the event of delays or technical problems. The pediatrician advised that parents pack cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks and roll ups, oranges and trail mix. Individual drink mixes that just need added water are also a good idea, she said.

Before families even leave home, parents should also pack a first aid kit, cautioned the pediatrician. Since a wide range of unexpected injuries can happen when far from home, the expert advised including the following items:

  • Over-the-counter medications for pain, fever and colds.
  • Several adhesive bandages and tissue.
  • Motion sickness or Dimenhydrinate drugs for children 10 years and older. A pediatrician should be consulted for motion sickness drugs for younger children.
  • Itch erasers for mosquito bites. These remedies can be found in convenience stores or pharmacies. Parents should keep in mind they may sting at first.
  • Hydrocortisone cream for itchy rashes.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bug spray with less than 10 percent DEET if the vacation destination is near woods or areas known to be full of insects.
  • Powdered electrolyte solution. By adding water, this powder will serve as a pedialyte solution to help children who get the stomach flu keep from getting dehydrated.

Chow warned, however, that parents should not ask their pediatrician to call in antibiotic prescriptions while away from home. "This impacts our ability to provide accurate medical care for your child. If you have prescription medications, make sure you have enough for your trip. I've had to explain to parents I am not licensed and cannot call in a prescription in Mexico," said Chow.

Parents who plan to bring their children on trips to foreign countries should first check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel vaccination website for information on any additional vaccines that may be needed, noted the doctor.

She also advised would-be travelers to consult a travelers clinic before leaving home. "Travel vaccines are typically out-of-pocket expenses but worth the money. The hepatitis A vaccine is routinely given to children and I recommend it for adults who travel as well. It protects against a virus transmissible through contaminated food and water," explained Chow.

When overseas, parents should remember the following tips: don't drink tap water; avoid ice; do not eat raw food from street vendors; and bring tissues to serve as emergency toilet paper.

"My sister's friends learned the hard way not to eat Peruvian guinea pig prior to a plane flight. Make sure everything is well-cooked and bring a small bottle of antibacterial soap just in case," added Chow.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides more travel safety tips for parents.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, July 28, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Worlds largest meeting of ear, nose and throat doctors
2. To help doctors and patients, UB researchers are developing a vocabulary of pain
3. Study: Doctors differ in how best to care for Americas 12 million cancer survivors
4. Many Doctors Ignore Cancer Genetic Testing Guidelines
5. Heart failure: Doing what your doctor says works
6. An app for your brain: new educational tool developed by U-M doctor
7. At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring More Telling Than Doctors Office Readings
8. Doctors Urge Ban on Junk Food Ads During Kids Shows
9. Nudging doctors in intensive care unit reduces deaths
10. Study Finds Equal Number of Errors in Hospitals, Doctors Offices
11. Men Urged to Lead by Example and See a Doctor Regularly
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctor Offers Tips on How to Travel With Kids  
(Date:12/2/2016)... Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... the Open Enrollment Period (or Annual Election Period), is ending December 7th. Currently-enrolled Medicare ... plan (Part C) or prescription drug plan (Part D) need to make changes during ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... With the ... through rehabilitation of an injury, patients must find the one that works for them. ... pain, he created a machine that worked and decided to share it with others. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... Beverly Hills, California, will be included in the 2016 “Guide to America’s Top ... professionals based on the amalgamation of their education, experience, and professional associations. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... of "Cardiovascular Health" in USA Today, which covers the innovative treatments, therapeutic technologies, ... while maintaining fulfilling lives. “We are prolonging life 6 years in the last ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 ... ... 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu, ... (CME) in the field of pain management. , The demand for supplemental ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)...  LifeVac, the revolutionary device that has successfully rescued ... Training and Support Services (ERTSS) training programs. ... part of the ERTSS mission to save lives," said ... "Having an established network of expert trainers demonstrating how ... our efforts to spread LifeVac,s message that choking deaths ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ATLANTA , Dec. 2, 2016 Quantum ... screening and expert radiologist interpretation directly to women at ... partners with corporations, such as Delta Air Lines and ... cancer screening as a component of wellness initiatives. ... women of SunTrust. It enables them to have a ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Va. , Dec. 2, 2016  The ... by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), ... organizations can better address the opioid addiction crisis, ... Assisted Therapies (MAT). ATAG,s newly released ... Improving Access to Naloxone," addresses many issues around ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: