Avoiding germs during your travels

by Laura on February 7, 2012

We all know it is tough enough to keep your kids from getting sick normally.  Add in traveling and you can be met with a whole new set of germs everywhere you go.  So, what’s a parent to do?  As much as we’d like, we can’t keep our kids in a plastic bubble, so we do the best that we can.  According to Dr. Laura Martin on WebMD, here are some tips to travel a little healthier:

-Keep current on your child’s immunizations.

-Teach the proper way to wash hands and do so, often.  (HLT tip-Teaching to sing a song such as “Twinkle, twinkle” while washing hands makes sure your child washes an appropriate length.)

-Bring along hand sanitizer for when water and soap are not available.

-Keep encouraging liquids to your child.

-Make sure children are still getting the sleep they need.

-Make sure your child eats foods that are a normal part of their diet.  A little deviation is okay, but too many different foods and snacks can mess up delicate tummies.


For the full article from WebMD that For more details and additional ways to fight germs while traveling, check out the full article from WebMD.


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Kristy June 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

We have one daughter with more medical problems than the rest, which also means we’re pretty tight with her allergist. To make traveling with her easier, we let this doc know if we’re leaving the country or going somewhere that will set off her allergies. Then he writes some prescriptions for the stuff he usually gives her so I can get them filled and take them with me, just in case. Of course, we’ve been through enough of her asthma and allergy attacks to know what’s what, and we also travel with all her oxygen-testing supplies (pulse-ox, nebulizer, peak flow meter), obviously not everyone can or should get their doc to write extra prescriptions, but after spending one exceptionally horrible vacation in the hospital with her in an unfamiliar city, we don’t take any more chances.


Laura June 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Thanks for this comment Kristy. I think that is a great idea to check in with your pediatrician for prevention prescriptions. So sorry about your horrible hospital experience!


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