Spring has sprung and that means many kids and their families are enjoying spring break and maybe even heading out on vacation this week.
If your spring break plans have you heading to the beach, don't forget the essentials, most importantly sunscreen. Pediatricians recommend at least an SPF 15 or higher. A 30 or 40 is best. Use one that's labeled for kids and is waterproof.
The sun can be bright and reflect off the snow and cause sunburn during a ski vacation, too. So, sunscreen is also needed on those types of trips.
Doctors recommend parents take essential medications like acetaminophin and Motrin, diphenydramine, and hydrocortisone cream, just in case of an allergic reaction.
Also, keep some contact information in your child's pocket, just in case you get separated.
"Having a little card in the pocket of your toddler or your older child that has your name, your cell phone number, and where you're going to be staying that's a really good, important thing, just in case anyone was to get separated at any point," recommends Cleveland Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Emma Raizman.
Dr. Raizman says to also have a discussion with your older children and determine a meeting place, just in case the family gets separated at any point during your trip.