Spring Health Hints from RTX Traveler: Keeping Kids Healthy

It can be a challenge to keep your kids healthy at home, and it can be even harder to ensure that children stay healthy while traveling. Exposure to germs, different allergens and unfamiliar climate as well as the fatigue of travel can all affect your little one’s immune system. Here are some ways to keep the kids healthy for your next vacation.

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Trail Mix with Dried Fruit, Nuts & SeedsNourishment: Healthy eating before and during a trip can help keep immune systems boosted and can keep any tummy troubles away during the trip. Plan a nourishing meal with lots of fruits and vegetables before the trip, and bring healthy snacks, like granola bars, trail mix and dried fruit to avoid airport or gas station junk food.

Plan for sleep: Travel can be exhausting for everyone, especially if you’re jumping time zones and dealing with jet lag. Lack of sleep can also compromise immune systems. Everyone should get plenty of rest before the trip, and if possible, adjust the family’s sleep schedule to the destination’s two to three days before leaving. Once you’ve arrived, follow local time at the destination, ensuring the kids go to sleep at their normal bed time.

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Keep them clean: Kids love getting dirty. No matter how adorable they may be in their traveling outfits, they are bound to find something icky to get their hands on (or in). Be sure their hands get washed frequently; before and after each meals and after playing on playground equipment. Baby wipes and hand sanitizer are great to have on hand if there’s no sink nearby.

 

At the pool: Making a splash at a pool or water park can be the highlight of a vacation, but it can also be where kids are exposed to viruses and bacteria that may make them sick. Help them rinse off both before and immediately after being in the water, and teach young children to avoid swallowing water.

stock-photo-20712216-medical-supplies-on-white-backgroundBe Prepared: No one wants to spend their vacation looking for the nearest pharmacy, so pack a first aid kit with any medications or other medical supplies that your family uses regularly. It can also be helpful to include a printed copy of your child’s medical history, along with your pediatrician’s contact information.

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