When travelling, a medical kit is useful.
However, it is easy to pack too much. Many medicines and dressings are easily available in many countries although you should be better prepared if you are travelling to remote areas. You should also take into account what works best for your family and what sort of holiday you are taking.
Many medicines and dressings are easily available in many countries although you should be better prepared if you are travelling to remote areas. You should also take into account what works best for your family and what sort of holiday you are taking.
Essential Items – The essential holiday medical kit would contain the following;
• Paracetamol Syrup (e.g. Calpol,) In North America liquid paracetamol is called acetaminophen or Tylenol. It is useful for mild to moderate pain (including teething), and to lower a temperature. Ready measured sachets are the best option.
• Digital Thermometer. A low reading thermometer may be useful if going to cold climates because they can indicate if a child has become too cold (hypothermia). ; Forehead thermometers are not so accurate in hot climates and clinical thermometers containing mercury cannot officially be carried on aircraft.
• Oral Rehydration Salts ORS (e.g. Dioralyte, Diocalm Replenish) to prevent dehydration during traveller’s diarrhoea and learn to recognise the symptoms of dehydration in your babies and children.
• A small amount of cotton wool and some cotton buds
• Natural Antibacterial Spray (Baby Botanix) useful for cleaning grazes, toilet seats etc . and some antihistamine cream to reduce swelling of insect bites
• Sunscreen: choose a know brand with a children’s formulated range
• DEET Free Insect Repellent Mike Mozzie Spray & Gel. Test your chosen brand for sensitivity before you travel
• Anti-Malaria medicines (including a curative course) if necessary
• Non-Stick Dressings (e.g. Smith & Nephew’s Melolin) for the control of bleeding. Their Opsite spray can be used to cover the area with a waterproof protective film. This is also useful to protect damaged areas, such as blisters, from sand and when swimming
• Swiss Army Knife with Scissors attachment. This must be packed in the hold on flights.
• Sticking Plasters. Take a variety of shapes and sizes
• Safety Pins
• Sterile, pre-packed Steri-strips, are very useful for cuts and breaks in the skin that need to be held together in order to heal, and hence avoid the possible trauma of stitches.
• Travel/Motion Sickness Tablets. Use a preventative measure before the journey begins. Once a child feels sick, travel sickness pills are of little use.
• Homeopathic Chamomilla Teething Granules . These are meant for baby but are also useful for calming older children.
• Homeopathic Nux Vom for upset tummies. (If you use homeopathic products do not put these in your hold/checked luggage as the security X-rays used on your bags will destroy their healing properties).
• Brolene Eye Ointment is useful for ‘sticky eye’ infections. A single painful red eye could mean that there is a foreign body in the eye or a more serious problem. Seek help if in doubt.
• Decongestants can be useful if your child has a very congesting cold, is going to fly and might suffer from the pressure changes, (look for pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylephrine in the list of ingredients).
• A slightly sedating antihistamine (e.g. triprolidine, diphenhydramine, promethazine, chlorpheniramine) is good when itchy bites might deprive children of a night’s sleep. Don't apply before going out into the sun because they can create sensitivity. Betta Bee is useful for after a sting, burn, bite or rash, (including chicken pox)
• Hydrocortisone 0.1% can be used to treat an allergic reaction as a result of insect bites or plant contact. It is also useful for children with eczema as heat can make the eczema worse.
• Calamine Lotion – calamine mixed with any oily preparation will be less effective.
• Essential oil of Lavender, a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, sedative and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scarring. Follow application instructions on the product label.