Traveling with 0-2
When packing for the journey, whether
by plane or train, always be prepared for emergencies and delays.
Always pack 2-3 changes of clothes for baby and one for yourself and
of course extra diapers. Pack all of baby's regular and emergency
medicines in your hand bag so as to avoid opening your suitcases
during the journey. You should also plan ahead for weather conditions
at your destination. Always board early so you have to time settle in
and there is no last minute hassle. If bottle feeding, take powdered
or formula milk.
You should always time your toddler's
feeding with boarding the train/airplane. This will depend on what
diet stage your baby is at? Keep in mind that breastfeeding is the by
far the least hassle and convenient of all. If flying, ensure that
your baby is suckling at the breast while landing as it would prevent
any ear pain.
Dry, packaged cereals are handy such as
corn flakes, rice cereal & powdered custards which are easily made
up with a bit of water or milk.
- Ear Pain
Even minor nasal stuffiness before takeoff in an aircraft causes
real discomfort and may also damage the ears during the flight. Be
sure to have baby's ears checked by your doctor before flying.
For the most part, there is no problem associated with taking off,
climbing and flying as high as 45,000 feet or even descending to
8,000 feet. But, it's those last 8,000 feet to landing that
creates problems for children's (even adult's) ears. You should
begin feeding the baby the minute 'FASTEN SEAT BELT' sign comes
on. The swallowing helps to equalize the pressure in the ears
Ear pain in a young infant may present as crying or screaming
(usually less than half an hour), fussiness or irritability (worse
when lying down), or suddenly increased difficulty sleeping,
especially at night. There is often no sign of pain the following
morning. If the signs of ear trouble last more than 24 hours after
landing, you must consult a physician.
Unlike ear problems, gas troubles tend to occur during ascent.
While there's not a lot you can do about these problems they do
not cause any major difficulty.
If you are only breastfeeding, it is wise NOT to add any new food
to your diet 24 hours prior to flying that may cause gas in baby.
If your baby is prone to excessive gas, ask your pediatrician
recommend some drops that you can give baby prior to boarding the
Getting ready for your trip what all to carry?Medicines :
- Clothes :
If heading for a hill station, carry proper clothing.
Carry enough change of clothes for your child especially if
toilet training still on!
- Carry for your child only cotton undergarments, socks
and clothing as they can absorb perspiration and thus prevent prickly heat or fungal
infection in the body folds. Avoid tight fitting undergarments, outer clothing and belts.
On your trip what care to take about food?
- Are you entering an endemic zone? If yes - Find out about
the conditions at your new destination like any local disease requiring immunization or
preventive drugs & seek guidance from your doctor. e.g. People entering Surat should
ideally take preventive medicine for Malaria. People should ideally take Typhoid vaccine before
traveling to pilgrimages or religious places where appropriate sanitation and hygiene is
- Are you missing a scheduled vaccine? Action? Talk to your
- Make your doctor either prepare a kit for you or give you a
prescription, detailing when to take what?(For diarrhea, motion sickness, upset
stomach, cough and cold, pain relievers, decongestants and anti allergics. Nasal drops if
going to hill station. Many a parents had to cut short their trip, as the child would get
a severe nasal blockage. Vaseline.)
- Enough refill of any prescription medicine you or your child
- Always carry your doctors telephone number, both, of
clinic and residence so that you can contact him if need be.
- If your child is suffering from any chronic illness or
undergoing a specific treatment, always carry along his history papers, as these will be
helpful in case he needs medical attention.
- Remember - Never take medicines offered by fellow travelers,
as your child may be allergic to them.
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- To avoid vomiting, diarrhea and dysentery: water and milk
should be properly boiled before using. Beware of water you may use for even gargling or
cleaning teeth. Alternatively, use only mineral water of reputed company. Mind you all
mineral waters do not guarantee purity. While taking drinks, ice-cubes should be avoided,
as the source of water is always questionable.
- Foods, sold by street vendors or displayed outside the shops
should be avoided.
- Avoid taking large meals during traveling.
- Since traveling by air at high altitude produces increased
urination, proper fluid intake should be maintained. If your child gets colds frequently
or has a cold while flying, give him a candy to suck on during the descent. This will
prevent negative pressure building up and ear infection