Taking a family holiday can be a stressful experience, especially with young children – even if this trip doesn’t even involve going abroad! However, for parents of children suffering from a nut allergy all of the stresses suffered in the run up to a holiday can become amplified by the fear of something happening whilst in a foreign country.
Yet this does not mean that foreign holidays are out of the realms of possibility for these families – rather, it means that an extra layer of preparation is required in order to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Dealing with Holiday Insurance
Now that the recession is over, and families are more able to spend on luxuries such as foreign holidays, the Government has set its sights on encouraging holidaymakers to take out travel insurance policies. As statistics from the ABTA show, around one in five, or 19 per cent, of Brits have required medical treatment whilst abroad, this certainly seems like a good idea – especially taking into consideration the number of young children developing allergies these days. When seeking the ideal policy for your family, you should take into account factors such as whether cover extends to minor reactions or if it will simply cover an event such as your child going into anaphylactic shock. You should also find out whether the policy will pay out for a replacement EpiPen whilst abroad, and if an excess would need to be paid immediately.
Learning the Lingo
While fluency in a given language isn’t necessarily a prerequisite of a family holiday, committing a few phrases to memory before leaving can be incredibly useful in an emergency situation. Fortunately for those who struggle with linguistics barriers, however, this is not entirely necessary as organisation Allergy UK provides translation cards for over 70 different allergens. The cards come in packs of three and feature an allergy alert message, an emergency message and an instructional piece for restaurants in order to prevent allergens from getting into any dishes prepared.
Travelling with a child who suffers from a nut allergy can certainly be a cause for concern for parents, but with good preparation and a comprehensive insurance policy any problems can be resolved with the minimum of fuss.
What advice would you offer someone travelling with allergies?
Source: With thanks to Imogen Vernon for writing this article on behalf of ivegotkids.com