Family vacation: holidays with children: Have a good trip!

They puke in the car in the back seat, leave her Schnuffelkissen and are for days inconsolable: holidays with children are a little adventure. So it’s still a relaxed holiday.

Before the holiday: the preparation

More than travel fever : A sick child on vacation – not a nice idea. Check therefore before the holidays, whether the vaccinations of children are still current. And find out where there is a pediatrician at the resort – this saves you a lot of stress in an emergency. In the first aid kit , of course, include drugs that are well tolerated even for children.

“I pack my suitcase …” : Who makes holidays with children should not forget sunscreen with a high protection factor and insect repellent. A hat protects the child’s head from too much sun, bathing sandals prevent the kids from injuring themselves on sharp stones or broken glass on the beach. Almost every child has an object that is particularly attached to it, that can be the old teddy or the beloved schnuffel cushion. The best way to pack in your carry-on luggage and not in the suitcase – otherwise you have to end up cleaning out half of the trunk.

Have a good trip: Tips for traveling

Good ride! In the first days of vacation and especially on the weekends is often called jam alert. Better: drive during the week – then you better get through.

A secluded house in the mountains, that sounds like a dream? But at the latest, when your kids get sick after hours of winding serpentine roads, you’ll curse your choice. Make sure your destination is easily reached.

“Mom, when are we-ha?” Long trips with children can be a nerve test for parents. Make sure the little ones have enough toys, radio plays or reading material to keep them busy while traveling – whether you’re traveling by car, train or plane. On longer journeys, however, classics such as “I see something you do not see” or the profession “Who am I?” big out again. Here you can find the most beautiful traffic jam games .

Take a rest! If you’re traveling by car, take a break at least every two hours. Otherwise the little ones in the backseat will be fidgety. Some rest areas have a playground – best inform yourself before the trip, for example at During the breaks, then eat in peace: preferably wholemeal bread, pieces of fruit, vegetable strips, herbal tea or still mineral water. Better not to try to calm the children on the journey with sweets and coke – too much sugar and caffeine can turn the calmest child into a tormentor!

Chicken broth against sunstroke

A strong sensation of heat, bright red head, nausea, dizziness or headache are possible signs of a sunstroke. This occurs when the UV rays of the sun shine too long on the uncovered head or neck. Especially infants and babies as well as persons with little head hair are affected. In infancy, a sunstroke can be delayed – a few hours after sun exposure. If it suddenly comes to a very high fever, you should see a doctor immediately.

“Sun sacrifices” are best immediately put into the shade, even better in a cool room and lie down, the head slightly elevated as possible store. It is helpful to cool head and wrists with damp cloths, face and body can be additionally washed off with room-warm water. It is also good to drink a glass of water or juice, but not ice-cold, please. Even a cup of vegetable or chicken broth can work wonders because the body has lost a lot of salt due to heavy sweating. Important: Rest! If the symptoms do not get better, only one thing helps: go to the doctor.

Under no circumstances should you cool off under the cold shower or in the sea, because in the cold water the skin pores close and the heat accumulates even more in the body.

Raiser foam against “jellyfish bite”

Jellyfish can not swim deliberately through the sea, but sometimes they are driven by ocean currents or the wind to the beaches of the North and Baltic Sea: Then they are clearly visible in the water or are flushed to the beach. Most jellyfish – transparent jellyfish – are completely harmless.

One should beware of the rarer fire and nettle jellyfish (both types are clearly orange to red), because the skin contact with the Nesselfäden can be similarly painful as the touch of a stinging nettle. Why? Because on the threads sit small Nesselkapseln, with which the jellyfish paralyze and catch smaller animals. When these capsules are irritated, for example by a touch, they eject tiny “stilettos” that inject a strong burning poison. If you can see many red jellyfish in the sea or on the beach, it is best not to go into the water – and because dead sponges on the beach can still “nettle”, you should not touch them and wear bathing shoes when going for a walk.

If you are unlucky enough to be annoyed by a jellyfish, it is best to rinse the skin off with salt water and treat the affected skin with shaving cream , as this will knock the nettle capsules out of action. Spray the Raiser foam out of the tin, let it dry, then scrape it off. Also useful are vinegar, as well as cooling, itching-calming burn and ointments or gels. If you feel unwell or your skin swells up, you should consult a doctor as a precautionary measure because of the allergic reaction.

In no case one should treat a Vernesselung by jellyfish with fresh water or alcohol or scratch it, because then more Nesselkapseln can burst.

Drowning in children

Unfortunately, smaller children can drown if the water is quite shallow – so do not let the little ones, who can not swim yet, walk around unattended on the beach. What many adults may not know: children drown quietly . Especially infants immediately lose their orientation when their head is under water and they do not resist drowning.

If the child is still conscious and breathing, it is best to take off the wet clothes and pack them in a warm blanket. Even if the child seems to recover well, it is safer to see a doctor – water in the lungs can be dangerous even hours later.

If the child is unconscious and does not breathe, one must immediately start with “mouth-to-nose-breathing”. This often succeeds even after a long time, since the body requires less oxygen than usual due to hypothermia in the water. The best way to know if a child is breathing is to place one hand on the belly below the ribs.

Do not attempt to remove from the lungs or stomach by shaking or similar water. This costs time, but unfortunately does not help. Better: Start immediately with “mouth-to-nose ventilation”.

An emergency? The most important basic rules

If something bad happened, inform the emergency call immediately. The emergency call 112 is free and applies throughout Europe in all mobile networks! It’s best to be prepared for the following questions:

  • Where? The name of the exact location where the accident occurred – where applicable, with directions.
  • What? It describes the accident, the age of the injured person and the type of injury.
  • Wait for questions – and stop the call only when the rescue center has all the information. Often it also includes the recording of the data of the caller.

The beach tips are from the book Strand in Sicht! The ultimate guide to a perfect family holiday by Kirsten Khaschei.

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