AH, bright sunny days, family vacations, castles on the beach and splashing by the pool...the perfect vision for a summer's day. What can ruin such a wonderful scenario...that big red monster called SUNBURN! It attacks kids and grown ups alike. It is our skin's reaction to over exposure of the ultra violet or UV rays of the sun. So how do you keep this big red monster from spoiling your summertime fun? The good news is that sunburn can easily be prevented. It just takes a bit planning and awareness. Whether you're packing for a family vacation at the beach or a daycation at the shore, be sure to add sun protection gear to your packing list.
My neighbor Jeanne was a wonderful, loving Grandma. She would often come over keep and eye on my own kids when they were small. Being an experienced mother of five, I always felt confident while my kids were in her care. For weeks, Jeanne had looked forward to having her 2 year old granddaughter Heather come for a visit with her parents. She talked excitedly about fun things she had planned. You can imagine the fear and dread I felt when I heard the ambulance sirens the day after Jeanne's family arrived!
Congratulations! A new baby and a new airplane trip. You've got two things to look forward too.
Keeping the entire family healthy while on vacation needs to be a priorty. Family vacations are suppose to be fun. Nobody wants to think about all the "what if's". but often an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when you're far from home. A minor illness can put the kibosh on fun and spread like wildfire with folks sharing close quarters.
Much as been written about the benefits of breast feeding your child. Actually breastfeeding while on a family vacation with your baby can be much easier than formula feeding. Maternity leave is one of the rare times in life that many moms are able to take extended time off from work. It's an excellent opportunity to take a vacation. Lactating moms have a portable solution to give their child all the nutritional requirements nature intended while providing a constant and familiar source of comfort. Even so, there are a few considerations you may want to take into account before leaving home.
Wouldn't it be great if allergies would take a vacation? Unfortunately they don't but often as parents we have to pack them along and take them on vacation along with our kids on our family vacations. Many parents out there are more than familiar with allergies and how they create havoc with our kids. For discussion sake, an allergy is a hypersensivity to certain substances like foods, pollens, medication etc. Our body's immune system kicks into full attack mode trying to fight off the problem substance. Symptoms can be as mild as a runny nose or red eyes or as serious as an asthma attack. Anaphylaxsis is an acute medical situation that can result in a person's death if not treated with immediate emergency medical care.