With Christmas over, thoughts will now be turning to planning summer holidays. Unfortunately, when you’re travelling with a baby or a young child, you’ll often find that you need to pack a mountain of products just to ensure that you’re covered for any medical emergencies. Here’s our guide to the perfect first aid kit for kids.
For little kids you’ll need a sun cream that has an SPF of 50 as this lowers the risk of sensitivity. If you’re planning on taking your child swimming, you’ll also need one that is water resistant for at least 40 minutes.
Sterilising bottles safely
If your baby or young child is being bottle fed and you’re travelling abroad, then you’ll want to make sure that your bottles are well sterilised. If you’re staying in a hotel, then microwave steriliser bags are a quick and reliable way to destroy harmful bacteria without using chemicals, so just ask if you can have access to a microwave. If you’re travelling about with no access to a microwave, then cold water sterilising bags are your best option. All you have to do is pop the bottles into the bags with the sterilising solution and leave for up to 24 hours.
There’s no doubt that hay fever can make children miserable. Unfortunately, many of the medicines that are used to treat hay fever aren’t recommended for babies under one year. Baby decongestants are a good remedy for soothing sore runny noses, but you can take non-medication steps to reduce symptoms. Try, for example, to only take your child outside between 9am and 3pm, or after 7pm as these are the times with the pollen count should be at its lowest. Wrap-around sunglasses are also a great idea for keeping pollen out of their eyes.
Bites and scratches
If your child is bitten or scratched, then simply wash the affected area with some warm tap water. If possible, leave it exposed to the air to help it heal. If the skin is broken, however, or if there’s bleeding, then wipe it with antiseptic liquid or cream. If you have any concerns, call in to a local pharmacy or see a GP.
Young children are more prone to dehydration than adults, so make sure that your child always has an adequate intake of fluids – particularly if you’re travelling to hot climates. It may be an idea to take a few sachets of products that are designed to rehydrate children in your case so that you have them on hand in case you spot the symptoms of dehydration such as urine that looks darker or smells stronger than it usually does.
There’s nothing more worrying than a raised temperature in a small child, is there? Fortunately, there are loads of easily portable thermometers available today, so take one with you on holiday so that you can check your child’s temperature if you have any concerns. If their temperature is up, then a bottle of paracetamol or painkiller should be all you need. With the current restrictions on bottle sizes, it may be a good idea to buy travel size bottles and fill them. Alternatively, you should be able to buy recognised brands in local pharmacies or take the advice of the pharmacist.
Nappy rash can make even the most good-natured child distressed. When you’re away on holiday, the smallest change in diet or routine can often cause an outbreak of nappy rash, so pop a tube of nappy rash cream into your case so that you’re fully prepared!