Plan For Sick Baby Care Even When On Summer Vacation.
It's really too bad when your baby's favorite pediatrician refuses to go on family vacations with you - but that's...
It's really too bad when your baby's favorite pediatrician refuses to go on family vacations with you - but that's a reality. When planning your family's summer vacation this year you'll have to include plans about how to keep your baby healthy and how you'll deal with baby illnesses if you're far from home.
Tips for keeping baby healthy while traveling...
- In general, you should try to stick to your basic baby care schedule so your baby stays chill. Keep feedings, diaper changes and sleep on a normal schedule when possible. Also carry plenty of water. In the summer and with active travel it's easy for you and your baby to become dehydrated.
- Both parents should carry a copy of your child’s health insurance card plus the phone number for your regular pediatrician (and her office). If your little one gets sick your regular doctor's office may be able to get you a referral to a clinic close to the area you're visiting.
- Have the local hospital's phone number and directions to said hospital handy. In an emergency in the U.S. you can always call 911, but it's nice to have local hospital information ready to go.
- If on a road trip keep a fully loaded first aid kit in your car. If traveling by plane or boat a travel-sized child-minded first aid kit is also a good idea.
- If you're staying somewhere for a while it's smart to plan on away from home baby proofing.
If you’re abroad and your baby gets sick:
- The rules above apply and also...
- Learn some basic statements in the local language. For example, it would suck to need a doctor and not know how to ask for one.
- Call the American Embassy for advice; they can send you in the right direction.
- Contact the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT). This is a non-profit group that provides a directory of doctors trained in Canada or the U.S. but who work in over 125 countries around the world.