Having a child get sick is something every parent dreads but having a child get sick whilst on holiday is a nightmare. Not having access to your own supplies, home pharmacy, clinic or doctor can leave one feeling like they have been abandoned in a crisis.
The best way to deal with a sick child whilst on holiday is to prepare for it as best as possible. Here are some ways to help you best prepare for such an occasion.
When your child shows symptoms of being unwell, don’t panic. Have a look at the symptoms and deal with things one at a time as you would at home. Just because you are away from home doesn’t make the symptoms any worse to treat or manage. Start with what is most important and work your way from there.
Take Basic Supplies With You
Make sure that you have a small supply of basic first aid. A few ideas of things you may want to include are plasters, disinfectant, eardrops, eye drops, nausea medication, headache medication, cold and flu medication, diarrhoea medication, tweezers, saline solution, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines and a thermometer. Take what you know your family will most probably use and then if you need something else you can always go to a pharmacy. Most the time the pharmacists will know the best course of action and can also guide you to a doctor if it is needed, but if you need a special kind of treatment that isn´t available at your pharmacy then make sure to ask this compounding pharmacy about your treatment.
When your personal medical kit is insufficient you will need to look for a local doctor’s surgery or clinic. It is therefore a good idea to apply for an EHIC card before leaving for home. These are free to apply for but can take up to 30 days to be delivered. Beware of online scams that charge you to get your EHIC card. Applying for your EHIC card is completely free and can be done through the official NHS website. If you are travelling out of the EU make sure you have travel health insurance so that you know you are covered no matter what happens.
Research The Area
If you are going to a new place you have not been to before, it is a good idea to do some research into that place. Information is power and the more you know about the potential risks, the shape of the health care system, the availability of medical services, the better prepared you can be.
Ask For A Translator
If you find yourself in a position where you do need medical help and you are in a country where the native tongue is not English, then you are perfectly within your right to ask for a translator. Google translate is good but it can only get you so far.
Learn Basic Phrases
Make sure you learn basic phrases in the language of the country that you are visiting. Phrases such as, where is the pharmacy, I need a doctor, help me, emergency, or my child is sick can prove very useful in an emergency.
If something serious does happen make sure to take copious notes. Record who saw you, when and where. What medication was taken and for how long. Also take note of what symptoms developed and when. The more information you have the better your doctors can help you when you get back home.
Whilst is may seem that preparing for the worst is like one is expecting bad things to happen, it is not. It is not attracting bad luck, it is just the smart thing to do. It is always better to be prepared for the worst especially when it concerns the health and safety of the little minions that we love so much.
You can get ‘Get Free Travel Insurance Cover for Under 18’s‘ so it’s a good idea to research travel insurance policies.