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Scientists advise airline travelers to always carry pediatric medicines in a handbag

Its summer season but as most like to put it, its vacations time! You, along with your family is likely to travel outside your country to somewhere cooler. During your travel journey, you would make note of all the things you are supposed to take. If you are traveling with your kids, there is one thing you would not like to miss: pediatric medicines.

Pediatric medicines or simply medicines for children should constitute a major portion of your travel essentials. Now, who would want your child to fall sick during vacations and ruin the whole plans for you? These medications aim to provide a quick solution to whatever health complication, your child is inflicted with.

The importance of pediatric medicines aside for the time being. You will probably ask yourself where I should be keeping them? Should they go into the backpack and booked for the entire flight or should I just carry themselves in my handbag? If you find yourself conflicted in such a situation then no need to worry. New research has answers to your query revealing where children medicines should accurately lie.

Pediatric Medicines: What is the safe place to keep them?

This should not surprise you much, but medical scientists would tell you that pediatric medicines always go in the handbag. Which really means that you should be carrying them by yourself throughout the journey.

To understand why that explanation was put forward, we need to consider the study by researchers from Duke University.

A team of 6 scientists got along to investigate the number of in-flight instances of child sickness. For their purposes, the team observed a variety of health complications that arose during the journey. The list included yet was not limited to fever, flu, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The results showed that out of a total of 70,000 in-flight sicknesses, as many as 12,000 involved children below the age of 18. As you prolong the duration of the journey, the more vulnerable, the child is to some health complication.

Nausea constituted the largest portion of in-flight sickness affecting roughly 30% of the total victims. It was followed by fever with an infliction rate of 20% and finally a variety of allergic reactions.

The findings also showed that on an estimate 15% of the cases required urgent medical care.

Why in a handbag?

One thing is crystal clear, you can not rule out the possibility of any medical emergency in the air. But more importantly, children are equally likely to become the victims.

Given the situation, it is important on your part to carry the pediatric medicines in your handbag. Having them by your side during traveling ensures that the situation is dealt as swiftly as possible. For example, you have several medicines available that can provide you with a quick solution to nausea. Similar is the case with allergic reactions.

So, while boarding a plane, all you need to do is have a valid prescription for pediatric medicines. Legally, for most flights, you are allowed to carry liquid medications not exceeding 100ml amount. Fortunately, some airlines also do not prohibit keeping a pack of tablets as carry-on items.

While you may think that the first aid medical kit will suit your purpose, more often than not they lack essentials. For example, the airline first aid kit does not contain asthma inhalers or anti-histamines. It is thereby recommended that you put pediatric medicines in your handbag as opposed to booking them.

Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson is a journalist for Top Health Journal. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Cindy got an internship at a morning radio show and worked as a journalist and producer. Cindy has also worked as a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Cindy covers economy and community events for Top Health Journal. Contact Email: cindy@tophealthjournal.com Phone: 720.907.1923

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