Vacationing with Children: Five Tips for Staying Healthy

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Hey, vacation and vacation at last! Make sure you have a suitable first aid kit now so parents and children can enjoy their time in good health.

This is the time of year everyone is waiting for: vacation, relaxation, sun, swimming! Everything should run as smoothly as possible with the arrival, stay and finally health. Because nobody 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 finally more serious viral diseases like Corona, have the least chance of being on vacation.

Healthy through the holidays: tips for your kids to have a good time on vacation

When on a beach vacation, it is especially important to pay attention to high sun protection, a cap, swimming trunks and a bathing suit to change, as well as light clothing with long sleeves to cover in windy weather. Sunburn and colds caused by wet swimwear or cold temperatures are especially unpleasant for young children and babies. (Iconic Image) © Science Photo Library / Imago

The suitcases are almost packed, only the last important things are missing: in addition to the toothbrush, cosmetics and the child’s favorite teddy bear, the suitcase should also include a complete first aid kit. Parents know how difficult it can be when their own offspring get sick – especially on vacation – and then it’s time to stay in bed instead of splashing in the pool.

It doesn’t matter if it’s at home in Germany, elsewhere in Europe or in distant countries: children can get sick anywhere because their immune systems are less mature and therefore more prone to infections.

Vacationing with the Children Tip # 1: Don’t forget about sun protection

Not only adults should go out in the sun with a sun protection factor of at least 30 – children with sensitive skin are especially vulnerable to sunburn. Better to take precautions and have sufficient sun protection with you than to take care of it on the spot. Especially in southern countries, the climate and the sun are unknown, and the skin of the youngest can redden very quickly. We strongly recommend a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 50 plus, preferably even waterproof. And if your child doesn’t like sunscreen, a tanning spray is the perfect alternative as it is often easier to spread. They are also available for sensitive skin and contain nutrients.

Holidays with children tip 2: appropriate clothing, pack for the weather

Depending on the place of rest and the weather, you should choose the right clothes for children. Although it is a warm place, it is worth taking extra equipment with you on cold days and evenings. When your child catches a cold, it can weaken their immune system, making their body more susceptible to infections. And this is especially inconvenient on vacation.

A good rule of thumb is: think and pack two outfits for each day – young children, especially, often make a mess while eating ice cream or in the playground. So it’s nice to know that you still have a change of clothes with you – and for a two-week vacation you have about 2-3 sweaters or cotton cardigans and a light windproof jacket tucked in a suitcase.

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Vacation with the kids tip 3: Get some sleep to stay healthy

Actually, yes, and it’s pretty simple: if you want to stay healthy, make sure you get enough sleep. This also applies and especially to the youngest among us. Too little sleep weakens the body and thus the immune system, making it difficult to fight germs. How much sleep a child needs to stay healthy and even grow healthy depends on his age. What is often not possible in everyday life should be a priority for a healthy family vacation, both for children and adults: do not go to bed too late, sleep late, rest a lot. Then nothing stands in the way of a healthy rest.

Vacationing with the Children Tip 4: Eat healthy, drink plenty

On hot days, it is especially tempting for children to lick a lot of ice cream. Understandably, for a healthy immune system, you should pay attention to a balanced diet with vegetables and fruit – too, and especially on vacation. The right amount of fluid is especially important also on hot days, for health reasons it is best to buy water bottles, not taps, especially in countries with different hygiene standards.

Vacationing with Children Tip 5: Prevention through hygiene measures and a first aid kit

In order not to get sick on vacation, it is definitely advisable to follow certain hygiene measures and have a comprehensive first aid kit in your luggage. Especially elsewhere and abroad, for example, digestion may react to food in unfamiliar or stressed ways, followed by gurgling or gastrointestinal infections with diarrhea and vomiting. In addition, your baby’s sensitive skin can react to unfamiliar sunlight and may even be allergic to the sun. That’s why it’s a good idea to take preventive medications with you on vacation that don’t usually require a prescription, such as:

  • Preparations against nausea and vomiting – the active ingredient dimenhydrate is recommended for adults and children.
  • Preparations against itching and inflammation and allergies – the active ingredient dimetindenmaleate has proven itself in itchy skin, hydrocortisone soothes inflammatory and allergic skin reactions.
  • Anti-inflammatory preparations for pain and fever – Ibuprofen in the form of tablets, juice or suppositories
  • nasal sprays
  • Anti-inflammatory sprays for a sore throat
  • wound disinfectant
  • Pavement

With the coronation pandemic, many people in Germany developed a different hygiene awareness. Face masks, thorough hand washing and disinfection have been and continue to be an important part of our daily lives. Parents can protect their children from infection and disease during the holidays by making sure that children wash their hands thoroughly, especially before and after using the toilet, or sanitize them.

Due to a possible outbreak worldwide of the new BA.5 Corona omicron variant, more attention should be paid to hygiene, especially on vacation, so that children or parents do not become infected with the crown during the holidays.

If you’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19, it’s best to check that your immunization certificate has expired before traveling and, if necessary, you can extend your immunization certificate through the CovPass app. Underage children who have already received a corona vaccination before the holidays will receive an EU vaccination certificate, which is valid for an unlimited period, even without a booster vaccination.

This article only provides general information on a specific health topic and is therefore not intended for self diagnosis, treatment or treatment. It does not in any way replace a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors cannot answer individual questions about clinical photos.

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