Kids Getting Sick While Traveling: First Aid Kit

Sometimes, you get sick on the road. In our case, before our first international flight with our children, one child was up all night throwing up the night before we left. What do you do if this happens? What should you bring with you on your travels? Should you carry a first aid kit?


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Later the same week, my son threw up at a restaurant. I thought he was also getting sick, but I was mistaken. So we chalked it up to excitement. He’d eaten and then went and bounced around on the restaurant’s playground right after. Thankfully, he made it to the bathroom and we had no further problems that week.

After we moved to Mexico, it happened several more times. My son threw up in the middle of a birthday brunch right in the middle of a restaurant’s dining room. I admit to being a little mortified, even though I know he couldn’t help it. We were dining at a buffet and both kids had actually eaten and then found chocolate and scarfed it down. The woman who cleaned it up was lovely. She asked if we were from California and then made me feel all warm and fuzzy by complimenting my kids.

It happened again on one of our visits to San Miguel. Only this time, he’d at least made it into the bathroom. He just didn’t make it to the toilet. Again, I was mildly embarrassed, even though I knew it wasn’t something my child was doing on purpose. Sometimes, things like that can’t be helped. I wasn’t expecting, either, as it had been a long time since between incidents.

In the foreground, sunscreen, children's ibuprofen, and bactine. In the backround, green grass, gray rocks, and a green bag that I use as my first aid kit

I don’t travel without a first aid kit. Most of it is aimed at keeping the kids comfortable if they are sick.

Sometimes, there isn’t really anything you can do

Of course, I was concerned. These incidents were spread apart by a few weeks, though. It clearly wasn’t caused by sickness. I can’t explain it and I can only theorize. I believe we were all getting used to the food and the activity around eating. There are playgrounds in many nice restaurants in our area of Mexico.

It stopped happening around 2 or 3 months after we moved. In fact, most of our stomach troubles cleared up right around 3 months, like all the expats indicated it would. Other than having a short-lived stomach virus in the late summer, vomiting is no longer a frequent occurrence. We’ve returned to our regularly scheduled programming, so-to-speak.

A First Aid Kit Is Necessary

Since stuff can happen on the road, a first aid kit is necessary. With kids in tow, I always travel with a first aid kit in my carry-on bag. I highly recommend that all families carry a first aid kit with them, with items to help kids and adults, should a minor sickness befall them.

In it, I carry bactine (the spray numbs and cleans minor wounds), band-aids, children’s ibuprofen, children’s benedryl, adult ibuprofen (because adults get sick, too), antacids, pepto bismol (I still have a lot of problems with feeling nauseated but again, that’s likely due to my autoimmune disease), a digital thermometer, and anti-itch cream. I would prefer to have all of these items at the ready if I need them, rather than being without. Even though you may be traveling where it is easy to acquire needed items like these, I always need this things in the evening. I don’t want to be struggling to find a nearby, open store in the middle of the night. Travel sizes exist of most of these products, too!

Another good reason to keep a first aid kit with you while traveling is that it may difficult to find what you need in a different language. I also don’t want to make a dosing error because the item is in a language I can’t easily understand.

I am thankful I had my first aid kit with me

During that first international trip, I gave my daughter some medicine on the plane after her night of throwing up, because she had a fever and wasn’t feeling well. It helped her get comfortable enough to sleep (instead of crying and being miserable) while we were traveling. I had a cold during this time, too. I wished I’d taken something to help my sinuses because while the first plane we were on was descending, I was in excruciating pain. I’m considering adding mucinex to my first aid kit.

What do you bring in your first aid kit? Have you ever used it on the road?

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