The long awaited family trip is on the doorstep! Now is the time to take care of the right first aid kit so parents and kids can enjoy the holiday season.
Munich – It’s the time of year everyone looks forward to: holidays, relaxation, sun, swimming! Everything should go as smoothly as possible with the arrival, the stay and last but not least the health. For no one wants to get sick on vacation. With the right tips and tricks, you can treat or even prevent diseases while traveling – so that gastrointestinal infections, sunburn, colds and last but not least more serious viral diseases, such as Corona, have as little chance as possible during the holidays.
Healthy through the holidays: tips so that children do not get sick during the summer holidays
The suitcases are almost packed, only the last important things are missing: In addition to a toothbrush, cosmetics, the child’s favorite teddy bear, there must also be a complete first aid kit in the suitcase. Parents know how difficult it can be when their own offspring get sick – especially on holiday – and then it’s time to stay in bed instead of splashing around in the pool.
For it does not matter whether it is at home in Germany, in other parts of Europe or in distant lands: Children can get sick anywhere because their immune system is less mature and they are therefore more susceptible to infections.
Holidays with children – Tip 1: Do not forget sun protection
Not only adults should go out in the sun with at least a sun protection factor of 30 – children with their sensitive skin are particularly prone to sunburn. It is better to take precautions and have enough sun protection with you than to take care of it on the spot. Especially in the southern countries, the climate and sunshine are unknown, and the skin of the little ones can turn red very quickly. We strongly recommend sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 50 plus, ideally still waterproof. And if your child does not like sunscreen, a sunscreen is ideal as an alternative, as it is often easier to distribute. They are also available for sensitive skin and with nourishing ingredients.
Holidays with children – tip 2: suitable clothes, pack for the weather
Depending on the holiday destination and the weather, clothes for the children should be chosen accordingly. Although it is a hot destination, it is a good idea to pack extra equipment for cool days and evenings. When your child catches a cold, it can weaken their immune system, making their body more susceptible to infections. And it is especially inconvenient on vacation.
A good rule of thumb is: think about and pack two outfits for each day – especially small children often get messed up when eating ice cream or on the playground. So it’s nice to know that you still have change of clothes with you – and for a two week summer holiday you have about two to three sweaters or cotton cardigans and a light windproof jacket tucked away in your suitcase.
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Holidays with children – Tip 3: Get enough sleep to stay healthy
It’s actually like that, and it’s actually quite simple: if you want to stay healthy, you should make sure you get enough sleep. This also applies and especially to the little ones among us. Too little sleep weakens the body and thus the immune system, making it harder to fight bacteria. How much sleep a child needs to stay healthy and even grow healthy depends on their age. What is often not possible in everyday life should be the top priority for a healthy family holiday, both for children and adults: Do not go to bed too late, sleep late, rest a lot. Then there is nothing that stands in the way of a healthy vacation.
Holidays with children – Tip 4: Eat healthy, drink a lot
On hot days, it is especially tempting for children to lick lots of ice cream. Understandable, but for a healthy immune system, you should pay attention to a balanced diet with vegetables and fruits – also and especially during the holidays. Adequate fluid is also especially important on hot days, for health reasons it is best to buy water bottles and not from the tap, especially in countries with different hygiene standards.
Holidays with children – Tip 5: Prevention through hygiene measures and first aid kit
In order not to get sick on holiday, it is definitely advisable to follow certain hygiene measures and to have a comprehensive first aid kit in your luggage. Especially elsewhere and abroad, for example, digestion can react to food in an unknown or stressed way, so the intestines rumble or gastrointestinal infections with diarrhea and vomiting are the result. In addition, the baby’s sensitive skin may react to the unknown sunlight or even develop a sun allergy. It is therefore advisable to take medicine on holiday for safety reasons, which usually do not require a prescription, such as.
- Drugs for nausea and vomiting – the active ingredient dimenhydrinate is recommended for adults and children.
- Preparations for itching and inflammation as well as allergies – the active ingredient dimethindene maleate has been proven against itchy skin, hydrocortisone relieves inflammatory and allergic skin reactions.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and fever – Ibuprofen in the form of tablets, juices or suppositories
- nasal spray
- Anti-inflammatory sprays for sore throat
- wound disinfectant
With the corona pandemic, many people in Germany developed a different awareness of hygiene. Face masks, thorough hand washing and disinfection were and still are an important part of our everyday lives. Parents can prevent their children from getting infections and illnesses while on vacation if they make sure their children wash their hands thoroughly, especially before and after toilet visits, or disinfect them.
In view of a possible worldwide outbreak of the new corona omicron variant BA.5, greater emphasis should be placed on hygiene, especially on holiday, so that children or parents are not infected with corona on holiday.
If you have been vaccinated against Covid-19, it is best to check before you travel whether your vaccination certificate has expired and, if necessary, whether you can extend the expiry date of the vaccination certificate in the CovPass app. Minor children who have already received a corona vaccination before their holiday will receive an EU vaccination certificate, which is valid indefinitely even without a booster vaccination.
This article contains only general information about the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. It in no way replaces a doctor’s visit. Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.
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