Children in the Mountains, What We Need to Know for Safe Travel

Bring the kids into the mountains safely is undoubtedly a splendid idea: they are having fun, they breathe excellent air and make a nice load of “solar power” that is good for your bones and heart. Here’s what we get when we bring our children into the mountains in summer and in winter. He explains the Dott. Don Hall in this article about the trip to the mountains with the kids.

Here’s the good rules that you follow to make holidays in the mountains with the kids!

Elevation: attention to babies!

For children under the age of 1 year is definitely advisable to arrive at a height no greater than1500-2000 meters. Altitudes higher than 2000 meters, in fact, are not ideal for a nursing infant because the high altitude causes irritability, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.

In addition, rapid changes in elevation can be problems clearing the pressure between the middle ear and outer one, causing a trauma on the eardrum. This is especially true for those who, small or large, has difficulty breathing through your nose, maybe for a mild cold. The problem manifests itself first with the feeling of “ear plugged,” which, if it continues, it can turn into a real pain; the infant reports normally discomfort crying.

Anyway, if that happens, or to prevent the disorder, it will be useful to stimulate swallowing, taking the dummy while traveling or stopping every so often to a SIP from the bottle.

The Sun in the mountains

Sun exposure has beneficial effects for vitamin D production but can also be harmful to skin issues, to sunstroke and heat exhaustion.

Better therefore follow certain rules, especially during the first year of life, a period when the child is very delicate DermIS and particularly susceptible to dehydration.

Sunscreen use in childhood is an excellent form of prevention against skin cancer in adulthood.The risk of developing is in fact closely related to duration of exposure to sunlight, which in the absence of proper precautions also increases the risk of sunburn and rashes.

In the mountains, however, the Sun’s rays are less filtered than to the sea and the danger of scalding increases!

Beware of cloudy days because ultraviolet rays (especially UV-B) filter through the clouds and is more likely to cause sunburn. It is good to remember that sunscreens lose their properties over time and therefore should not be reused if advanced from the previous year.

Used also with sunscreens glasses to protect your eyes from the glare of light.

Medications to take to the mountain

And if there is any line of fever during the long-awaited vacation in the mountains? That is, what other drugs is comfortable to wear in the mountains?

As you already know the Acetaminophen is the drug recommended in case of fever. Alternatively you can use Ibuprofen (and other drugs). Bring also kinds of aid such as gauze, disinfectant for children, after Sun cream, any creams for Burns, band-AIDS and thermometer.

Useful, especially if you live in areas far from medical centers, even patches to use in case of cuts and wounds with bleeding called “Steri-strip” that have a function similar to that of the points.Prevention is always better than cure.

In all other cases unclear, contact your Pediatrician before administering medications.