You planned your trip for a long time and you want everything to be
perfect. You don’t usually have the chance to go on a trip with your family so
you want the next one to be memorable. Unfortunately, in the middle of your
child got sick. These are the things you need to do as soon as it
Contact someone you know in the area
You need to ask for help from someone you know in the area. If there’s a
language barrier, it helps if you have someone who can translate for you. When
it comes to your child’s health, you can’t take a risk at all.
Look for a local healthcare provider
Although you’re not confident with the local healthcare system of the country
where you are now, it’s still better than doing nothing. You can at least get
the necessary medicines if you couldn’t buy them in a pharmacy without a prescription.
If your child shows symptoms, you’re not familiar of, the hospital can run a
few tests. You would rather have someone look at the problem than waiting for
it to get worse.
Call your doctor back home
If your child has recurring conditions, it would help if you have a
family doctor. You can contact this person at all times. Consulting
with a medical professional over the phone is now possible. If not, your
doctor back home can refer you to someone in the area who can help you in this
Cancel all your plans
As much as it hurts you to cancel your itinerary, you have no choice. If
you decide to go to different places, your child’s condition might get worse.
You also have no idea if your child is infectious. You don’t want to infect
other people in try places where you intend to visit.
Find the earliest possible flight home if necessary
If getting back home wouldn’t take time, you need to book the soonest
possible flight. You will feel more confident that someone can take care of
your child if you’re home than when you’re in a different place. However, if
you will have connecting flights and stay on air for several hours, it’s best
if you stay where you are. You can wait until the symptoms subside before you
decide to fly back home. Traveling could place your child in a more stressful
situation, and might worsen the symptoms. As long as you already gave the
necessary medicines, the illness will gradually subside.
If things get worse and the local hospital is unable to provide what
your child needs, you can request for a private flight to a different hospital
nearby. In emergency situations, there are protocols in place to save lives.
You didn’t expect things to end this way. It’s okay though as long as
you can make your child feel better. You can plan a different trip in the
future. Make sure that you’re more prepared to deal with
potential health issues.
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