Do These Things Before Travelling With An Allergic Child
Travelling with children is already very stressful. Part of you wants them to make the most out of it while still keeping them safe. You can always handle that, yet it’s all very complicated when your child suffers from a strong allergy. It is harder when you feel that you can’t control your surrounding and what they eat. Here are a few steps to take prior to travelling with an allergic child, regardless of the kind of allergy they have.
- Book the earliest flight
It’s not a myth, airlines are cleaner in the morning of a business day. Aside from this generic information, allergy in general is milder in the morning, and gets worse throughout the day. Although you will protect your child anyway, you may want the allergy to be at its mildest level when travelling with an allergic child.
- Call the airlines ahead
Calling the airlines ahead will inform you about the type of food offered on the flight, the type of medical aid available, and the precautions you should take before flying. Make sure you tell them precisely the condition of your child and all the details that might help them facilitate your flight.
- Consult a doctor
Getting an expert’s opinion is quite relieving when travelling with an allergic child as they will give you the right medical advice that will guide you to prevent and handle allergy. Get a written and signed report about your child’s case and medications, just in case airport authorities request to see them.
- Conduct some research
Of course you are not expected to know where you’ll be eating every day of your trip. However, you can check supermarkets and pharmacies in the country you’re visiting. It would help you a lot to know the regulations followed regarding food labels, some countries don’t oblige to have all ingredients written! Check which country has more imported and labelled goods, you might need it.
- Memorize a phrase
If you’re going somewhere where English and Arabic aren’t really the most used languages, you may need to learn the translation of phrases such as “My child is allergic to peanuts” or “My child suffers from lactose intolerance”. Hopefully you won’t need them, but it’s safer to write them down and keep them in your wallet just in case you need them.