Berlin – Just in time for the holidays in Germany to begin, it’s time to pack your bags and go on vacation. Anyone traveling with children should consider a well-packed first aid bag containing the most important medications for typical childhood illnesses. Ready for emergency delivery, but safe from children, nothing can stand in the way of your vacation. Anja Klauke, an expert in self-medication with the Federal Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), offers tips on what to look for.
A well-packed baby first aid kit basically includes all the medicines in the first aid kit and sometimes emergency medicine for the baby. “You should also take medicines with you to treat the usual travel ailments in children – for example against diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, fever or colds. Bandages for injuries and remedies for sunburn or insect bites should not be missing either. Get advice from your local pharmacy in advance or get Get medical advice if you’re not sure,” advises Anja Klauke.
List of first aid kits for children:
- Diarrhea medicines (children’s electrolyte powder for oral solution)
- Medicines for bloating or abdominal cramps (solutions or suppositories)
- Medicines for travel sickness (Chewing gums, juices, tablets or suppositories)
- antipyretics (juices, suppositories, tablets, effervescent granules or hot drinks containing the active ingredients ibuprofen or paracetamol)
- Medicines for colds, sore throat, cough and colds (Nose drops/sprays, ear drops, throat lozenges, cough syrups)
- Medicines and dressings for injuries (Wound and healing ointment, plasters, adhesive bandages, wound pads (sterile), elastic gauze bandages)
- antiseptic (especially suitable for children, without fragrances and dyes)
- sunblock cream (particularly suitable for children; high sun protection factor; factor with UV-A and UV-B filters; free of fragrances and preservatives)
- Means to repel insects and insect bites (creams, lotions or sprays for children, mosquito patches, cooling gels, tweezers/tweezers for ticks)
- disposable gloves
- digital clinical thermometer
- cooling pad
Attention: It’s the dose that counts
“Always be sure to take medications, such as fever and pain relievers, according to age. Carefully read the age-related recommendations in the leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Particular caution should be exercised, especially with infants and young children,” stresses Kluck. “Also think about dosage forms that are suitable for children. Juices or suppositories can make it easier to take them compared to swallowing pills.”
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Kluck knows that “most medications should be stored at a normal room temperature of 25 degrees.” This is because some medicines can lose their effectiveness at high temperatures. Creams or gels can liquefy, dissolve suppositories. For example, if medications are left in the heated trunk of a car for a longer period of time, liquid dosage forms such as drops or syrups can be helpful. “Before your flight, find out from your local pharmacy if you need to refrigerate some medications,” Klauke says. You may be able to transport it in a cool bag. You should only use cold compresses if the leaflet says that the medicine should be stored in the refrigerator. Even if the temperature is too low, the active ingredients can change. For example, liquids can freeze.
“Basically, I recommend carrying your first aid kit securely and sealed in your hand luggage. If it gets too cold in the cargo area during the flight or if the bag is lost, always have a small basic kit on hand in case of severe travel issues,” Klauke recommends. .
Once at the travel destination, you should store the first aid kit in a dark, dry place at a maximum room temperature of 25 degrees. Important: The first aid kit is not intended for children! Keep medicines out of children’s reach. For example, shelves for the upper cabinet with a height of at least 1.50 m are suitable here. Also, always remove medications from their original packaging right before use. It provides protection from direct sunlight and ensures the chemical and physical stability of the active ingredients,” Klauke explains.
Note: The general advice provided here does not form a basis for medical self-diagnosis or treatment. They cannot replace a visit to the doctor.
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