Every year thousands of kids from the lowland travel to a greater heights, on the mountains and picnic places. Parents take their kids to the mountains with them. Most of the times when the kid is exposed to greater heights are without consequences, however one part of that kids develop symptoms as a result of the hight. The risks for the kids that are exposed to greater heights are not explored enough, so most of the advices that are given here are derived from the advices that apply to the adults that go to the mountains. Another important thing is that the parents should first give answer to this two questions before they even begin to take their kids to the mountains with them.
Does the kid really like it?
Is it because of your great ego or is it really good for the kid?
Little kids can hardly show their psychophysical condition, and mostly they won’t tell you that they are very cold or they don’t feel their fingers because of the cold or that they don’t feel that good. In that cases kids are very quiet and calm. Their system for thermic regulation is not developed enough, same as their ability to adapt on hypoxi (state of reduction of molecular oxygen concentration in living organisms).
When little kids go at higher altitudes most common symptom is pain in the ears due to the fast atmospheric pressure change (for example going up or down with a chairlift). The risк is much higher in very little kids and babies with an existing upper respiratory tract infection. They can’t balance the pressure in the ears if their nose is clogged by a cold. Additional problem for the parents is to determine the symptoms in a kid that cries and still not talking.
- Little children should be completely healthy before they are exposed at higher altitudes.
- It it’s possible, clean your kid’s nose with salty water to stop it from clogging.
- Drive slowly if you are going upper and stop more often if you are driving mountain roads. Let them adapt and take deep breaths on every 300-400m climbed
- Make longer rests before you reach the peak or after the descent and don’t stay for so long on the top.
- If you are going down with a chairlift, that’s too fast for the kid to handle the pressure, so make your kid swell the nose closed.
- Avoid to use charlifts and airplanes when the kid is ill because of the sudden changes in the pressure.
- When you’re going at higher altitudes you can use nose spray for kids.
- Sickness connected to high altitudes (AMS / HAPE / HACE)
Little kids can’t respectively describe the symptoms even when they talk already. In kids under 3 years of age, traveling can cause problems with sleeping, appetite and mood. Those who are between 3 and 8 years of age and the kids with expression problems can hardly describe the symptoms caused by high altitudes.
Kids above the age of 8 are assumed to have the similar symptoms as the adults.