Traveling with Children - Ear Pain, Bites, and Stings

Published: 22nd September 2010
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Before your trip, as you would pack clothing, check the area for local medical facilities. Get maps for Urgent Care and Hospital facilities. Be prepared for a medical crisis.

Pack a first aid kit for your family. Include more than bandages and sanitizers. Carry two types of fever/pain reducers, oil, allergy cream, and allergy medication. Vacation plans should not be interrupted by minor ailments.

If your vacation includes swimming, like in the waters at Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee (http://www.ritchcabin.com), swimmers ear is common with children. To help prevent swimmers ear and ear infections put oil inside the ear (this will help drain the ear of water), use ear plugs, and have the child tilt ear side to side frequently to drain water from ear canal. Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/swimmers-ear/DS00473/DSECTION=prevention)suggests a mixture one part vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol to ear before and after swimming. One teaspoon full to each ear will prevent growth of bacteria and fungi that can cause swimmers ear. Remember with all remedies to use caution. Do not use with children that have tubes or puncture in their ear drums. WebMd (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ear-canal-problems-swimmers-ear-topic-overview) also has information for swimmers ear.

If your trip includes walking, hiking, parks, or any nature activity, like at Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee (http://www.ritchcabin.com), insect stings and bites, and plant oil rashes are more likely to happen. Most insect bites and stings are painful but harmless. If you know your child has allergies to insect bites or stings take the necessary precautions. If an allergy is not known apply ice to the affected area immediately. Alternate between pain relieving bacteria ointment and allergy ream. Insects carry bacteria which can transfer when bitten. For more information regarding bites and stings visit Quickcare (http://quickcare.org/skin/poison.html). Treat rashes similarily. Wash the oil with soap from the affected area then apply ice and allergy cream to the affected area. Oral allergy medication can be given as directed. Visit WebMd (http://www.webmd.com/allergies/tc/poison-ivy-oak-or-sumac-topic-overview).

The stress of vacation on children lowers their resistance to common ailments. Drink plenty of fluids, try to stay within the schedules set at home (bedtime and meals), and try to have healthy choices for snacks and meals.

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