Emergency instruction on vacation with child to the doctor

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Is there anything worse on vacation than three days of rain or lost luggage? Of course: a sick child. The worry about the child, the uncertainty in the foreign country and the trouble because of the doctor's bill can ruin a journey fast.

Part 10 of 16 of the series Healthy on vacation with child

emergency instruction on vacation with child to the doctor

Hello, Doctor

Prevention is always the best option: pay close attention to your child a week before departure, limit contact with sniffling and coughing friends, and have ailments such as skin rashes checked out by a pediatrician as a precaution. Flying with an unrecognized sinus infection, for example, can cause a terrible earache!

The pediatrician can also help you with the difficult decision of whether to travel with a slightly "ailing" child. A travel cancellation and interruption insurance, which replaces you the cancellation costs, brings in such a case planning security. It is also immensely useful if you have to leave early with your sick child.

During the first days of your vacation, you should also take a close look at your child to see if he or she is doing well. The time spent in childcare should therefore not be too long in the beginning. Also avoid too much sun, strenuous hikes or the like, until everyone has settled in. Good preparation is essential. O when traveling with children. In addition to the packing list and the first-aid kit, the travel health insurance, which covers all costs for treatment in the country of travel and (importantly!) for a possible return transport takes over, absolutely in addition. Health documents such as insurance cards, vaccination cards and U-books always belong in your luggage.

If your child needs a medication on a regular basis, you should take a sufficient supply of it with you or make absolutely sure that it will be freely available at your travel destination. Discuss with your pediatrician any intolerances or allergies to certain medications and obtain a medical certificate so that doctors abroad know which medication or active ingredient they are not allowed to administer to your child.

If you are traveling to countries outside of Europe, you should check the website of the German Foreign Office; there you will find information on travel safety, health advice and vaccination recommendations.

Emergency contact list

Include on your emergency contact list:

– Addresses, opening hours and telephone numbers of the nearest (pediatric) doctors and hospitals at your destination (and possibly how to get there) – Telephone numbers of the fire department, ambulance and police at the vacation destination (you can call the police, fire department and ambulance service throughout the EU using the emergency number 112)! This also works with the cell phone, usually even with the key lock switched on.) – For absolute emergencies and travel outside of Europe: the telephone number and address of the German Embassy at your travel destination

Finding a pediatrician abroad

Emergency instructions on vacation with child to the doctor

Pharmacy abroad

As a rule, illnesses on vacation are ailments or minor injuries that can also occur at home. Even if you are excited and worried, you should therefore remain calm above all else. If the little patient is not very bad (i.e. no high fever lasting several days, no severe diarrhea or vomiting lasting several days, not too bad), you can first try to treat your child yourself, for example with home remedies or globules from your first-aid kit.

If you are unsure, if your child is visibly suffering or if he or she does not feel better after two days, it is best to consult a doctor. The first call should be to your insurer, who will inform you about the further procedure. Some health insurance companies have also set up emergency hotlines and family telephones that can advise you around the clock on medical ies.

If you are traveling in Europe without private travel health insurance, where most countries have partner agreements with German public health insurance companies, be sure to show your child's insurance card at the doctor's office or hospital. Since 2006, the European Health Insurance Card EHIC is attached to the back of the chip card.

Important: The statutory health insurance does pay for necessary treatment costs in other European countries, but only if the treatment is carried out by a public health care provider! The costs of private doctors (who in many countries offer a much better care than the public authorities) must be paid by yourself in any case. If you have taken out travel health insurance, you can have your expenses reimbursed.

In the tourist office, in the hotel or with your tour operator you get addresses and telephone numbers of physicians in your proximity. Important: look for a doctor who speaks German or at least English! If there is no one, take someone with you who can help out as a translator, or a dictionary. In other countries, polyclinics, doctors' offices and pharmacies sometimes look different from what you're used to. If you are unsure (and you will be if your child gets seriously ill or injured on vacation), it is better to have a local driver take you there.

What to look for in a doctor

If you go to the doctor outside of Germany, you will have to pay for minor treatments yourself. If more extensive therapy is needed, the doctor or hospital will contact your insurance company directly. Don't be afraid – a really sick patient has to be treated by every doctor, even if the costs are not clarified immediately.

Before agreeing to a more extensive treatment, it is advisable to get a detailed estimate of the costs involved. In order for the insurance company to reimburse you for your expenses, you should keep all invoices and ask for receipts for your payments. A doctor's bill must state the date, name and address of the doctor, the patient's full name and date of birth, the diagnosis, the individual treatment items and their dates, otherwise it may not be recognized by the insurance company!

Prescriptions must be written in just as much detail: The name of the iing doctor and the patient, the individual medications, their price and the receipt of payment belong on it. If you have been to the dentist with your child, the doctor must note exactly which teeth were treated and how.

Important: If you have the feeling that your child is not being cared for well enough or that you are being ripped off, get a second opinion! A hospital is generally a better choice than a small doctor's office; private hospitals, in turn, are better equipped than government ones in many countries.

If your child is really unwell, you should not hesitate to stop your journey. An illness cures itself more quickly and safely in a familiar home, and as a parent you have more support at home to get some more rest yourself. Immediately after your return, you should have a doctor-. Submit medical bills to your travel health insurance abroad. A follow-up visit to the pediatrician, who should be informed about the doctor's visit abroad, is also advisable.

The vacation days you spent caring for your sick child were certainly not too relaxing – but unfortunately you are not entitled to reimbursement from your employer. Since the employee, if he takes leave because of a sick child, also only receives 70 percent of his gross earnings (the so-called children's sick pay), you should keep this information even better for you.

It is different if you get sick on vacation itself: Proven sick days with yourself will be deducted from your annual leave entitlement again. At least a small consolation, if you are also infected with your little fosterling.

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