Getting sick can put a real damper on a family vacation. But traveling can sometimes be tiring, and if you’re not eating as well as you usually do at home, your system can become more vulnerable to picking up a bug. Not to mention how airplanes are just flying metal tubes filled with recycled virus-filled air and shared surfaces – yuk! If you think too much about it, you may get all Howard Hughes-ish and never leave the house! That’s why you need to take action, and there are definite ways to better your chances of staying healthy when traveling with little ones. Even little, teeny ones!
1) Boost your immune system:
Holidays and vacations are usually not synonymous with good eating habits, and most people indulge in rich food and more alcohol than they typically have at home. And rightly so! Little kids may also enjoy more desserts and sweet juice as vacation treats. But sometimes just a change in the water composition or the consumption of more fruit than usual that can set your stomach off. Give your guts a leg-up by taking probiotics before, and during your trip. Registered nutritionist Theresa Albert says that it’s safe to supplement a baby as young as four months with probiotics, and that she often sprinkled some on her daughter’s tongue after nursing. A multi-vitamin for you and for your toddler can help pick up the nutritional slack. For mom and dad, a great option is Multibionta, a daily multivitamin that contains probiotics. One less thing to pack!
2) Get your rest…
It can be all too tempting to get up and get moving from dawn to dusk, to try to cram as much into your time together as possible. But the more tired you are (and really, what parents aren’t tired?) the more susceptible to viruses and germs. One of the bonuses of travel with a napping baby, is the nap! Take that time to rest, yourself! Everyone knows you’re supposed to nap when the baby does, but no one I know ever was able to. When you’re away from home, there’s no other distractions that require your attention, so take advantage of that and try to whittle down that sleep deficit!
3) Wash your hands…
Practicing good hand hygiene is vital at the best of times, never mind when you’re sharing surfaces like doorknobs and serving spoons with hundreds of other people – who sadly may not practice as good hygiene as you. Wash your hands. A lot. Wash baby’s hands. A Lot. Bring along a good hand moisturizer and/or a moisturizing hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
Germs and viruses may be tough, but they’re no match for good bacteria and old fashioned soap and water! Just taking these small steps can help arm yourself and your family against an illness while you’re away, so you can worry about more important things like choosing between swimming in the ocean or the pool 😉
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