By Cathy Lanigan, Lonely Planet
As well as the potential health risks of your destination, you should consider the age and temperament of your children, and what sort of trip you're planning.
It's a good idea to make sure your child is as healthy as possible before you go. Talk to your doctor about illness prevention and work out a plan of action for common problems. If your child has an ongoing condition like eczema, diabetes or asthma, be clear about what to do if the condition worsens while you're away.
It's worth making sure you child has a thorough dental checkup before going away and remember to leave enough time for any treatment to be carried out if necessary.
Children should be up to date for all routine childhood immunizations and they'll need the same travel-related vaccines as you. Most fully immunized school-age children won't need further doses of routine immunizations, but babies and younger children who haven't completed their normal childhood immunizations may need to complete the schedules earlier than normal. Ask your doctor about immunizations when you start planning your trip. Some vaccines have age restrictions and your doctor should be able to help you with these restrictions.
If kids are going to react to an immunization, it will usually happen about 48 hours after the injection and can generally be settled with one dose or two of acetaminophen (an over-the-counter drug such as Tylenol). Children can go on to have further reactions and sometimes develop rashes 10 days after the immunization, so the earlier you get kids immunized the better.
If you are traveling internationally, ask your doctor what vaccines are required and check the Center for Disease Control Travelers' Health page.
It's a good idea to take a child-specific medical kit as well as your own basic medical kit. If your child takes any medications regularly (for asthma, eczema or diabetes, for example) remember to take a good supply of these medications with you. Otherwise, a basic medical kit for children should include most of the following:
If you do need to give your child medication when you are away, remember children need a child-sized dose and not all medications are suitable for children. Follow the dosing instructions given by your doctor or on the packet. Doses are generally based on your child's weight. You should also check that your child's medication is legal at your destination.
Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more
insights to help you help your child succeed.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.