For families, every year it is once again a test of endurance for the nerves: Before the long-awaited vacation and relaxation, the journey becomes a test of patience for young and old. No sooner has your own home disappeared from sight, comes from the back seat of the family coach even the agonizing question of the offspring: "How long will it take? When are we finally here?" Gone are the days when mom and dad could decide on the number of rest stops and rest breaks. And also at the holiday destination other priorities apply. When the kids come along, survival trips and the big adventure shopping in the big city jungle of New York are usually a thing of the past. But even with children, the holiday can be great - provided he is well prepared and the wishes and needs of the youngest are already taken into account in the holiday planning.
The technician health insurance (TK) are tips on what to look for when vacation between the pool and Pampers.
The agony of choice: the right holiday destination
The anticipation of the holidays begins with the choice of the holiday destination. Dr. Thomas Ruprecht, a doctor at TK: "Children should be involved in travel planning and preparation as they grow older, and when parents' interests are predominant and children are expected to adapt to it, stress is programmed and it will not be truly relaxing for anyone. In a foreign climate, children are usually able to settle in more easily than their parents, but they need manageable places and regular time schedules.
Therefore, holiday destinations that promote children's natural curiosity without distracting them too much from their usual routine are ideal. "Children under the age of five should not make long-haul flights, and health professionals also advise against taking short trips to tropical regions." Infants are more sensitive on time shifts and temperature changes.
The fluctuations between the tropical temperatures and the air-conditioned hotel weigh heavily on the small body. In addition, children are more susceptible to diarrheal diseases, malaria and the like. The skin is much more sensitive to sunlight than adults, "says Dr. Ruprecht.
Tips against impending revolts: arrive stress-free
Whether on land, on water or in the air - for the trip you should have enough toys to prevent boredom. Children from the age of three can pack the backpack with their favorite toys themselves, in addition to something new as a surprise, such as a radio play or a magnetic puzzle. A classic pastime are games like "I see something you do not see". In the book trade there are numerous guides with travel play ideas for children. For the arrival and departure children are best equipped with clothes according to the "onion principle". This means: several layers on top of each other so that they can better adapt to the temperatures on the way and at the destination.
When traveling by plane, parents should try to get seats in the corridor and close to the toilet and changing table when making the reservation. In order to balance the pressure when starting and landing, you can give bigger children something to chew or suck. Breastfeeding often helps babies at this time or a pacifier. Incidentally, babies breathe exclusively through their nose in their first months of life. Therefore, nasal drops with saline should always be on board.
Infants with colds or otitis media should not fly because they do not have the right balance of pressure in their ears, which may cause permanent damage. If in doubt, parents should consult a doctor for safety's sake.
When traveling by train a route is recommended in which the family has to change as little as possible. If this can not be avoided, enough time must be planned, because a change from track 2 to track 11 can be an unplanned stress experience with child and luggage under time pressure. Many trains offer special family compartments. Parents should ask at the urgently recommended seat reservation for appropriate seats.
Car travelers should take a break at least every two hours. "Take a deep breath and stretch your legs - even to prevent a thrombosis, a little walk or a little gymnastics can work wonders against heavy legs and stiff back, " Dr. Ruprecht. After a light meal and a short nap in the fresh air you feel fresher and can relax on the next stage.
"Especially babies and toddlers need after two hours in seats and child seats urgently a break, because they can hardly move in their seats." On long journeys, travelers should also plan intermediate stays, which not only provide an opportunity for relaxation, but perhaps even a sightseeing trip - because even the way can already be a holiday destination.