For all the information you need to know about your child and his/her particular situation, consult with your physician two months before leaving. It goes without saying that some destinations are completely inappropriate for young children.
Prepare a “child specific” medical kit in addition to your own that contains anti-pyretics (in liquid or powder form), rehydration packs, sterilization tablets (for baby bottles), anti-vomiting medication, single-dose antiseptics, an unbreakable thermometer and saline solution. However, beware that any self-administered medication, without the advice of your doctor, can be very dangerous. It is essential to verify with your doctor the recommended amounts, instructions for use and compatibility.
Remember to pack everything that your child might require in your own luggage, as well as water for the trip, children’s sun block, a sunhat, authorized inflatable arm and body buoys, mosquito repellent (be sure to ask your pharmacist as some repellents are not recommended for children) and a repellent-impregnated mosquito netting.
It is strongly advised against travelling to a malaria endemic zone. If you cannot put off your journey, it is of primary importance that you protect yourself and your children from mosquito bites, notably by using a repellent-impregnated mosquito netting around your beds at night. Your children should wear long clothing when they sleep and use mosquito repellents on all exposed parts of their body. Ask your doctor or paediatrician for advice, as some repellents are not recommended for children. Your doctor will even be able to prescribe a preventive treatment adapted for your child that should be kept out of their reach.
If you have any problems whilst travelling, don’t wait until you get home to consult a doctor. Allianz Global Assistance’s emergency medical team is available to discuss any questions or doubts you may have about your health. We can provide useful advice and organize a consultation wherever you are.
Consult your child’s vaccination booklet before leaving and have your family doctor make sure that your child’s vaccinations are up to date. Vaccination requirements might vary according to the country in which you live. Many national health authorities require shots for diphtheria, tetanus, polio and whooping-cough. Often, shots for the measles, tuberculosis and meningitis are not required. However, be sure to check with your doctor. It’s always preferable to have your child tested for tuberculosis before leaving, particularly if you will be travelling for a long period of time.
In case of an early or rushed departure, certain vaccine associations or combinations are possible. Vaccines can be injected the same day in different places.
Here are a few precautionary measures to follow:
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