The Easter break is prime time for Aussies to go on holidays, particularly if it coincides with the balmy days of early autumn. As you pack up the car or dash for the airport, remember these handy hints to keep well over the break.
1. Pack the first aid kit
With all the excitement of a new destination, the chances are pretty high that there will be scrapes, falls and splinters, and maybe even the odd tick. Remember to pack paracetamol, antiseptic cream, sticky plasters and tweezers.
2. Sun safety
The Australia sun is notoriously strong, so don't underestimate how quickly you and the children can get burnt. Remember your hat and sunscreen and be sure to apply - even if the clouds are obscuring the sun. The sun’s dangerous UV rays can penetrate through clouds, and reflect off sand and water. Read more about sun safety here.
3. Watch what you eat and drink
Unfortunately a common complaint which can disrupt the best-planned holiday is a bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. Gastroenteritis, caused by a virus or bacterial infection, is not usually a serious illness but can often last a few days and make you feel unwell. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids as you can become dehydrated quickly.
To reduce your risk of getting or spreading gastro, wash your hands well after using the toilet, changing nappies and before preparing or eating food. Also avoid eating foods that have been kept at room temperature for extended periods. Read more about gastro here.
4. Beware the bugs
Staying in new locations brings with it the possibility of insects. Mosquitoes and sand flies can be troublesome, particularly for the youngsters who are still running around at dusk. Remember to pack insect repellent and a good cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings. Read more about mozzie bites here.
Australia’s eastern seaboard is also home to ticks, which live in long grasses and bushland. The tick attaches to the skin by piercing with its sharp mouth, and then feeds on the blood. The tick should be removed promptly with tweezers, pulling upwards with steady pressure. If you have trouble removing the tick, or there are signs of an allergic reaction (rashes, fever, weakness) seek medical attention straight away.
5. Download the 13SICK App!
If you need urgent medical care over the break, and GP Practices are closed, remember 13SICK can help with a bulk billed, after hours, doctor home visit. As Australia’s largest network of home visiting doctors, we service more than 80% of Australia’s population in 21 metropolitan and regional centres around Australia, including popular holiday destinations such as the Gold Coast.
You can check if we service your holiday destination with our handy suburb locator. And you can download our App so you’ll be prepared should illness, accident (or insect!) strike and you need to see a Doctor urgently in the after hours. Happy holidays!