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03 August 2011

Tips on travelling with kids

From long plane rides to cramped road trips, family vacations can spell trouble, but parents can take steps before leaving home to help their families return with fond memories rather than horror stories, a paediatrician says.

From long plane rides to cramped road trips, family vacations can spell trouble, but parents can take steps before leaving home to help their families return with fond memories rather than horror stories, a paediatrician says.

"Bring books, movies, games, toys, and don't forget extra batteries and chargers, or when the power fades you'll have some very upset kids. It's always a good idea to pack extra headsets as well because these are easily broken or lost," said Chow. "My husband always says whoever invented the car DVD players deserves the Nobel Peace Prize."

  • Over-the-counter medications for pain, fever and colds.
  • Several adhesive bandages and tissue.
  • Motion sickness or Dimenhydrinate drugs for children 10 years and older. A paediatrician should be consulted for motion sickness drugs for younger children.
  • Itch erasers for mosquito bites. These remedies can be found in convenience stores or pharmacies. Parents should keep in mind they may sting at first.
  • Hydrocortisone cream for itchy rashes.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bug spray with less than 10 percent DEET if the vacation destination is near woods or areas known to be full of insects.
  • Powdered electrolyte solution. By adding water, this powder will serve as a pedialyte solution to help children who get the stomach flu keep from getting dehydrated.

 
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