Steps to avoid child illness on holiday

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Steps to avoid child illness on holiday

Every year, millions of British families look forward to a family getaway. Although most trips occur without incident or illness, if your youngest family members do become ill it can be a particularly distressing experience.

Unfortunately, at Your Holiday Claims we regularly hear from British families who have fallen ill on holiday. We have represented hundreds of families on a no win, no fee basis following holiday illness, helping them receive the compensation they deserve.

Expert holiday illness advice: The three P’s – Prepare, Pack, Prevent

Our dedicated solicitors have used their wealth of holiday illness claim knowledge to compile some helpful hints for avoiding child illness on holiday.

According to Anne Thomson, head of travel law at Your Holiday Claims, avoiding child illness on holiday could be as easy as one, two, three if you follow the three Ps of prepare, pack and prevent.

  1. Prepare

Once you have booked your family holiday, prepare. Young children are particularly at risk of infection due to their undeveloped immune systems and travel to foreign climes can introduce them to new pathogens.

Certain destinations require immunisations or vaccinations. These vaccinations will need to be booked with a doctor prior to travel. It is best practice to contact your doctors surgery 3 months before travel.

It is also wise to take out travel insurance before you travel and ensure that all family members are covered by the policy.

  1. Pack

A well-stocked medicine bag can often help ease the symptoms of illness if your child becomes ill on holiday.

Essentials such as childrens paracetamol and ibuprofen can help tackle fevers whilst antidiarrheal medication and rehydration solutions can help with gastric upsets. Plasters and antiseptic cream are also essential items.

If your child currently takes medication, be sure to order extra supplies to cover your period of travel.

It may sound simple, but wear sunscreen. Children can quickly be overcome by heat. Ensure you pack plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF and a sun hat.

  1. Prevent

Youve had your relevant vaccinations and your suitcase resembles a miniature travelling pharmacy – what else can you do to avoid child illness on holiday? Prevent – by this we mean take certain measures to hopefully ensure illness does not ruin your holiday for your family.

Our experts at Your Holiday Claims are regularly contacted by British holidaymakers who have observed alarming hygiene practices in relation to food preparation and pool cleanliness. It is well known that a lack of hygiene can lead to the spread of infection and large scale outbreaks of illness. Children can be particularly susceptible to illness outbreaks.

If you note anything that causes you concern on your family holiday, report it to the hotel and your tour operator representative. If you can, document your concerns in a diary or use a camera to capture images and video.

Contact our Holiday Illness Claims Solicitors

Despite your best intentions and efforts, child illness can still occur on your package holiday. Our holiday illness claims solicitors will pursue the tour operator on your behalf right from initial contact to final settlement.

With over 50 years experience in holiday illness claims, our experts at Your Holiday Claims have an unrivalled holiday illness claim success rate.

If your family has suffered illness on a package holiday within the last 3 years, call 0330 100 2851 today to start your no win, no fee claim. Or, simply complete our quick online contact form and an expert solicitor will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

Get in touch with one of our team

If you would like more information on how to make a claim for holiday illness, or would like some advice to determine if you could have a successful claim, speak to our team of professional experts who cover a wide range of legal matters, from loss of income due to holiday illness to serious injury claims. Contact us today on 0330 100 2851.

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If you or any members of your family have fallen ill on holiday in the last 3 years, or been involved in an accident abroad, you may be entitled to compensation and we are here to help.

So start the process today by calling our holiday claims experts on 0330 100 2851, or simply complete the online contact form below to arrange a quick call-back. We look forward to helping you.
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Comments from our happy clients

Trevor and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team who helped us in our successful claim. It is such a relief to be able to now put this behind us. Many thanks for all your hard work and for all you have done for us.
Bryonie and Trevor Price
I would like to thank Anne Thomson for all her help, understanding and patience throughout my claim.
Jacqui Taylor
Following my family becoming ill on holiday and my 2 year old daughter becoming particularly unwell, I contacted Anne at Your Holiday Claims from an internet search to see what I could do in regards to bringing this to my holiday company’s attention.
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Having never thought to have contacted a solicitor to pursue a claim for compensation before, I am glad that I instructed Your Holiday Claims to deal with my claim following a holiday illness I suffered during my stay in Egypt.
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Steps to avoid child illness on holiday