Travelling safely with your childTTravelling safely with your childTravelling safely with your childEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatment;Healthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

Travelling safely with your child2955.00000000000Travelling safely with your childTravelling safely with your childTEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatment;Healthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_travelling_EN.jpg" alt="A father carrying his son and tracheostomy supplies" /> </figure> <h2>Local travel</h2><p>When travelling, take extra time to research and plan your trip to make sure it is safe and enjoyable. Make sure you have enough supplies and take all the equipment needed for your child’s care outside the home.</p><h3>Equipment</h3><ul><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">Oxygen</a>, if needed</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2962&language=English">Oximeter</a></li><li>Travel ventilator</li><li>Back-up batteries</li><li>Emergency tracheostomy kit</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2944&language=English">Manual resuscitation bag</a></li><li>Travel bag</li><li> <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/GHN?topic=tubefeeding">Feeding supplies</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2929&language=English">Suctioning equipment​</a></li></ul><h2>Long-distance travel</h2><p>Discuss your trip with your child’s doctor and the rest of your child’s healthcare team to prepare emergency plans in case of illness. Your child’s team can prepare any letters or other paperwork you might need and order the essential equipment for your child.</p><h3>Equipment</h3><ul><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">Oxygen</a>, if needed</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2962&language=English">Oximeter</a></li><li>Travel ventilator</li><li>Back-up batteries</li><li>Emergency tracheostomy kit</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2944&language=English">Manual resuscitation bag</a></li><li>Travel bag</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2950&language=English">Feeding supplies</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=2929&language=English">Suctioning equipment​</a></li><li>Surge protector, adapters and converters</li><li>Oxygen system compatible with airplane</li><li>Letters and other paperwork</li><li>Medical forms from the airline(s)</li><li>Medical letter to let you bring equipment on aircraft</li></ul><h2>Who do I need to contact before my child travels?</h2><p>You will need to contact:</p><ul><li>your child's healthcare team</li><li>your medical vendor (home supplies company)</li><li>your airline, if applicable. </li></ul><h3>Contacting and visiting your child's healthcare team</h3><ul><li>When planning to travel, inform your healthcare team so that they may assist with airline medical forms and certificate.</li><li>Ask your doctor for a letter and bring this with you onto the plane if travelling by air. The letter should include the doctor's name and contact information, your child's medical diagnosis and the reason your child is using the trachesotomy, oxygen and/or ventilator.</li><li>Once you have bought your airline tickets, and ideally at least four to six weeks before your flight, send your child's healthcare team the medical forms for the airline you will be travelling with.</li></ul><h3>Contacting your vendor or home supplies company</h3><ul><li>Contact your vendor at least two to three months before you travel to arrange any equipment you may need to rent and/or buy (such as portable oxygen units, respiratory equipment, batteries and so on) at your final destination. </li><li>The vendor can help you contact the vendor at the destination for your child's equipment.</li><li>The vendor can also give you estimates of equipment costs so you will be more prepared.</li></ul><h3>Contacting the airline</h3><ul><li>Book flights as far in advance as possible and tell the airline about your child’s medical needs before or at the time of booking. Some airlines have restrictions on the number of passengers with specific medical needs.</li><li>Ask the airline as early as possible about their procedures or equipment so that you have enough time to make special arrangements or buy any special equipment that you need before the flight.</li><li>Medical supplies and equipment: Remember that you can carry medical supplies and equipment onto the plane in addition to standard carry-on baggage.</li><li>Small oxygen cylinder: If your child uses a small oxygen cylinder, ask your airline if it can be taken onboard. If it can, it may be packed in carry-on or checked baggage.</li><li>Travel form: You and your child's healthcare team will need to fill in a two-part travel form and fax or email it to the medical assistance section of the airline. You can find forms online. Some airlines also need a medical certificate up to three weeks before departure.</li><li>Medical letters: Different airlines have different requirements for medical letters. Remember to ask the airline what information needs to be included in this letter.</li></ul><h2>Additional tips for preparing for a trip with your child</h2><ul><li>Organize appropriate travel medical insurance.</li><li>Discuss your accommodation needs with your hotel or travel agent.</li><li>Divide your child’s medications and medical supplies between your carry-on baggage and checked baggage. Keep supplies in their original, labelled containers.</li><li>Bring copies of your child’s prescriptions with you.</li><li>Before travelling, visit the Government of Canada travel and tourism website for travel safety tips.</li><li>Obtain the contact number for a medical supplies vendor at your destination in case you need any equipment for your child while you are away from home.<br></li></ul><p></p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a><br>Travelling safely with your childTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2956&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2954&language=English

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