Helpful tips from Boots Parenting Club Pharmacist Angela Chalmers to help keep your little one healthy when travelling
• Paracetamol and Ibuprofen suspensions come in handy sachets which are great for packing in your first aid kit or baby bag. They can be used with a standard measuring spoon, which many parents find is easier to use and less messy.
• If you are catching a flight make sure you pack the right travel sizes of baby medicine and toiletries, such as nappy creams, in your hand luggage. This also applies if your baby is on formula. Most baby milk brands come in small easy to use cartons. Ask your pharmacist if you have any concerns about travelling with a baby and to find out which medicines are suitable for the age of your baby.
• Dry cabin air can really make a baby snuffly. Try to avoid this as it can make them irritable and more reluctant to feed. A saline nasal spray can help moisturise little noses before feeds and during the flight.
• Baby’s ears are more susceptible to the effects of pressure during take off and landing. You may want to try breastfeeding or bottle feeding at these times as the sucking action can help maintain the pressure balance in their ears.
Online advice from the experts
For expert advice on safe and easy travel and being out and about with your little one visit www.bootsparentingclub.com. You can also chat with other mums and dads for tips on making summertime with your baby a happy one via the online parenting community. Visit www.boots.com/parentingcommunity.