Planning a Vacation with Children Who Have Heart Conditions

If your child is born with a heart condition, it does not mean he (and you) cannot do fun things done by a healthy family. Vacation, for example. Of course, there are a number of things that need to be considered so that your family vacation goes smoothly and your baby stays healthy.

Choose a destination

Choosing the right destination for your vacation is very important. The factors that you need to consider include:

  • Temperature - is the child suitable for hot or cold weather?
  • Transportation - can children travel long distances, have problems with flights, or other problems?
  • Distance from hospital - can your child get medical help quickly?

Choose accommodation

It is important to choose the right accommodation. If your child is tired or has trouble walking, you can choose accommodations that are close to the facilities you want to visit. If you carry drugs or INR strips that need to be kept cool, make sure the accommodation where you stay or visit has a refrigerator.

Information from a doctor

If you have concerns about taking a child on vacation, contact a nurse or cardiologist to ask for tips and advice.

The insurance company may ask for a letter from a doctor or cardiologist to confirm your child can travel.

The letter needs to confirm, that:

  • Your child is in good condition to travel
  • Your child's health will not be risky by visiting these destinations
  • Your child is in good condition to fly
  • The condition of your child's heart is stable

You can also request a child's condition certificate from a cardiologist if you need to show it to a local doctor or at your vacation destination. If you visit a country that does not speak English, you can learn the local language so you can at least tell you that your child has a heart condition. You can make a cheat and bring it with you.

Cardiologists can tell the location of the nearest child's heart center. You can record the address and number that can be contacted. Keep in contact with your doctor and cardiologist if you need to contact him.


Your doctor can recommend medicines that you need to take, including giving vaccinations to children, if necessary. Bring lots of important medicines. Don't forget to take ORS and paracetamol for family use too.


In general conditions, you should not have problems with your child's insurance. Look for the most profitable type of insurance and check what is included in insurance. Ask many questions, especially about what will happen in various situations that might occur. Insurance usually has an emergency telephone number. Bring a copy of the policy and an emergency telephone number with you.

Prepare luggage before the flight

The rules about what you can bring into the aircraft cabin are quite strict. Regulations can vary depending on the security situation when you fly and what airline you use. If you are not sure, contact the airline before you decide to leave.

Solid drugs such as powder or tablets are permitted to be brought into the cabin, provided they remain in the original packaging.

Liquid drugs that are less than 100ml are usually allowed, but you are required to carry them in a transparent plastic bag that can be closed again. You usually have to provide bags separately for inspection at the airport security department. Medical equipment is also permissible if you show supporting documents from a cardiologist or doctor, and enough with one carry bag.

If you are traveling with an INR or a blood monitoring machine, bring the monitor and strip to the bag you are carrying. The temperature of the aircraft baggage is very low and can affect the work of the strip.

Oxygen while traveling

If your child needs oxygen during flight, make sure you have asked the airline and the additional fees required. Different airlines have their own regulations regarding oxygen intake, so find out exactly what they can offer, such as masks or nasal cannula. Airlines may need information from consultants about your child's oxygen needs. Make sure you or one of the flight attendants understand how to operate oxygen and replace cylinders or bottles.

The policy of traveling by oxygen in the air also applies to sea transportation. Contact customer service for the shipping company for more information.

If you are traveling by land, there may be certain restrictions on the type of vehicle or route taken.

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