If you're going to be traveling out of the country for the holidays, and you'll be taking your baby with you, it's important that you make sure you begin your planning with a trip to the pediatrician. Traveling out of the country requires additional preparation, especially when you're traveling with a baby. You'll want the pediatrician to give your baby a clean bill of health before you take off on your vacation. Here are four steps you should take during the appointment with your baby's pediatrician:
Make Sure Immunizations are Current
When it comes to traveling to a foreign country, you need to make sure that your baby is protected against diseases. That protection begins with their immunizations. When you visit your pediatrician, have them confirm that your baby is current on their immunizations. It's also important that you let your pediatrician know which country you'll be visiting. There may be additional immunizations that your baby will need for that particular country. The last thing you want is to accidentally expose your baby to a disease that they have not been immunized against.
Renew Prescriptions for Existing Conditions
If your baby has a pre-existing medical condition, that requires medication, you'll want to make sure that their prescriptions are current. If they're not, be sure to have them renewed before you leave on vacation. It's also a good idea to have them refilled before you leave. That way, you know you'll have a sufficient quantity to last your baby throughout the trip. If you're going to be gone an extended period of time, ask your doctor to send you with a prescription that you can have filled should your baby's medication run out while you're gone.
Obtain Copies of Medical Records
You never know when your baby is going to get sick while you're traveling. To make sure you're prepared, and that doctors have enough information to provide your baby with adequate medical care, be sure you obtain copies of their medical records before you leave the country on vacation. If your baby has a pre-existing medical condition, obtain copies of their treatment plan, as well.
Request Referral Services
When you're traveling, you want to make sure that your baby has access to proper medical care should the need arise. Before you leave on vacation, ask your pediatrician to provide you with a referral. Your doctor may be able to provide you with the name of a doctor, or medical group, that can provide assistance should your baby require medical attention while you're traveling.
Contact local pediatric services for more information and assistance.