Health Emergency Checklist

27 December 2013

Hopefully your holiday will be an enjoyable one. Should you or your child become unwell while you are away it is a good idea to know what to do before you go. We hope to give you some general guidance with our Health Emergency Checklist, so that no matter where you are travelling to you will have the appropriate information before you travel.

This checklist will help you if you need to arrange emergency medical treatment abroad. Read more

The Sun & Heat

27 December 2013

Taking your children to a lovely hot and sunny country should be a fantastic time for everyone. However, we are not generally used to such soaring temperatures here in the UK, so it is important to protect your little ones ,as well as yourself, from the sun and the heat. Look at our advice on keeping everyone safe and well while you soak up the sun.

Some simple tips to follow are: Read more

Child Car Seat Regulations

27 December 2013

What are the new regulations from 18th September?
The changes in brief are that children up to the age of 3 must always use an appropriate car seat (restraint) whether sitting in the front of a car or in the rear. The one and only exception is when travelling in a licensed taxi, when they can sit in the rear only without a car seat (restraint).
Children over the age of 3 and up to the age of 12 (or until they are 135cm tall, whichever is sooner) must always use an appropriate car seat (restraint) when sitting in the front and in the rear if seat belts are fitted to the rear of the car. If seat belts aren’t fitted they can sit in the rear only.

Below are the regulations in more detail and we have also answered some questions that we have been asked here.

Children up to 3 years:
-sitting in the front seat must have a correct and appropriate child restraint.
-sitting in the rear seat must use a correct and appropriate child restraint. The exception is if travelling by taxi where a restraint is not available, then the child may sit in the rear unrestrained.

They must use a child restraint appropriate for their age in all vehicles with the single exception being the rear of a taxi.

If seat belts are not fitted to any other vehicle they may not travel in them.

Children from 3rd birthday and up to 135cm (approximately 4ft 5in) or their 12th birthday whichever they reach sooner:

  • sitting in the front seat they must use an appropriate restraint.
  • sitting in the rear seat where sear belts are installed, they must use the correct child restraint.

The adult seat belt must be used if a child restraint is not available in:

  • a taxi / private hire vehicle
  • for a short distance for reasons of unexpected necessity
  • 2 occupied child restraints are already in use and there is no space for a third. A child aged 3 and over may travel in the rear seat unrestrained if seat belts are not available.

A child under 135cm and under 12 years of age ca not travel in the front of a vehicle if that vehicle does not have front seat belts fitted.

For example: If your child is below the age of 12, say aged 8, but they are over 135cm (approx 4ft 5in) then they may use the adult seat belt as they are over the height for a child restraint.

However if your child is 12 years old but only 130cm tall then they too can use an adult seat belt as they are over the age threshold.

For children over 135cm (approx 4ft 5in) aged 12 or 13
A seat belt must be worn if available whether sitting in the front or rear seat of a vehicle.

For passengers over the age of 14
A seat belt must be worn if available whether sitting in the front or rear seat of a vehicle.

What is an appropriate child restraint?
A child restraint refers to baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions.
Different manufacturer’s use different names for restraints and sometimes combine weight ranges in one product so that it can be used for a longer period of time. It is the weight of the child that determines the restraint that must be used.

Seat belt adjusters are for comfort only and are not a safety device.

Who is responsible for ensuring that children are properly restrained in the car?
The driver is legally responsible for children under the age of 14.
Those over the age of 14 are responsible for themselves.

If you’re still struggling we have listed some frequently asked questions or alternatively you can contact us for more advice.

You can find more information on how to choose and fit a car seat at and the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (ROSPA).

Don’t Lose Them

27 December 2013

We know too well how easy it is to lose sight of your child in strange surroundings and the fear and panic that brings. Here we look at tips on keeping your children safe whilst you are away, so that you can all enjoy your time away.

The following is aimed to advise you and not to alarm you. We hope you can all enjoy your new adventures and make the most of your surroundings.
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Food & Drink - the Do’s & Dont’s

27 December 2013

Babies and young children are vulnerable to the risk of food poisoning. Here we look at tips on preventing tummy upsets and what to do if your child does develop a tummy bug.

It is important to take great care to protect babies and young children from food poisoning whilst you are away. What may not effect you could be disasterous for them.
Prevention Read more

Common medical problems for babies in hot countries

27 December 2013

Taking young babies abroad can be done. It is worth, however, being aware of common medical problems for them in hot countries. This section focuses on these problems and how to avoid them.

The most common medical problems small babies experience in hot countries are sunburn, prickly heat and diarrhoea.

Sunburn Read more

Ear care whilst flying

27 December 2013

Having a build up of pressure during take off and landing can at best be uncomfortable and worst painful. Babies and children may also find it frightening if they haven’t flown before. We may not be able to prevent this from happening, but we can try to make less traumatic and distressing by following a few simple rules. Read more

Bites & stings

27 December 2013

Getting a bite from a mosquito or a sting from a wasp is not nice to say the least. In the UK most bites and stings are harmless, but when you are abroad you need to be aware of other insects and animals that might sting or bite.

Before you travel
Seek advice well before you travel from your GP to see if there are any vaccinations that you will require for the country that you are visiting. Read more

Motion Sickness

27 December 2013

Whether you’re travelling by car, train, plane or boat sometimes it can all be a bit much for those who suffer from motion sickness or travel sickness. What should be a relaxing time for you getting to your destination or coming home can be a traumatic time if you or your children are feeling ill. It needn’t ruin your journey though. We have given you some advice on dealing with and hopefully preventing motion sickness. Read more

Child Car Seat Regulations - FAQ’s

27 December 2008

The new laws regarding the use of child car seats from 18th September are causing some confusion. It has been reported that some parents do not fully understand what they mean. We have listed some of the questions that we are frequently asked so that you can be prepared and your children can travel safely.

Below are some of the questions that we have been asked regarding the new regulations. If you have any questions or advice then please contact us. Read more