T.W. asks from Plano, TX on January 24, 2008
Would You Take Your Lil One of of the Country for Vacation??
Need some advice...
We take a multi family vacation every year and my friend is suggesting Cancun for this summer. She has a 6 year old and does not hesistate to take him out of the country. I am a little nervous about taking our child, who will be 2 in the summer, out of the country. We would be staying at a rental home in a gated community but I still have some concerns.
The amount of time it takes to go through customs at the airport.
What if she gets ill or hurt, I am afraid of the things I've heard about the hospitals.
Even though she would always be with me or her daddy, would she be safe?
Thank you SO MUCH for any advice that you can offer.
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much for all of the encouragment about vacationing with my little one. I am feeling a lot less anxious about going to Cancun. Have a fabulous day.
S.S. answers from Wichita Falls on January 25, 2008
NO more safe or less safe than she is anywhere else with you.
Cancun is as USA as you can get in Mexico.
R.D. answers from Houston on January 25, 2008
You have to be comfortable with the idea, but for the record, I started traveling out of the country with my son when he was 3 months old. I have always had to do it by myself as well. Now he is 4 and has been out of the country 6 times and each time has been a slightly challenging, but always and memorable experience. Good luck!
C.S. answers from Amarillo on January 24, 2008
My friend took her 2 yr old to Cancun over the Holidays and it was fine. They had a good time. Good Luck and have fun!!
C.M. answers from Dallas on January 25, 2008
hey all -
We just got back from 2 week vacation from Uruguay - amazing and wonderful! Just a quick note to ALL about US passports:
Anyway - remember that when you go online looking for the forms to use to apply for your (or your child's) passport make sure you use only the ".gov" site. there's a lot of sites claiming to aid your process and you shouldn't have to pay any 3rd parties to get it!! Go to www.travel.state.gov and that's the legitimate site.
Be careful - there're crooks out there - even in these United States.
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M.E. answers from Houston on January 25, 2008
That's a toughy. I would talk to your pediatrician. We have taken our baby to Western Europe two summers and he is now two. Their hospitals are just as good as here. I especially have a lot of faith in France, Germany and England. Last summer we even had a doctor come visit me at the hotel in Amsterdam. I felt very confident with that doctor.
If there was any place I was going to take a baby in Mexico, I think it would be Cancun. I still say no though. They are pretty Americanized, but at this age they are putting everything in their mouth. Their water is not safe. Don't eat fresh fruits & vegetables from the markets. High end hotels are safer, but I still wouldn't brush my teeth with their water. Dehydration is a big concern too. If some responses talk about having good experiences with healthcare there, I would consider it along with what the pediatrician says.
Personally, our pediatrician compared Western Europe to Mexico, indicating Europe was not a place he would worry about. Eastern Europe where it is not as developed and brought up to speed yet, is a different story.
K.R. answers from Dallas on January 27, 2008
My children are now 20, 17, and 15. Our first trip overseas with a child was when our oldest was 4 mo, followed by trips every couple of years. I honestly never thought about the safety issues... as you said your child will be with you. Yes, things have happened and we have been to hospitals in Europe and Asia Some of the best care we have ever received was from a doctor at a hospital in Turkey. I certainly never left my child's side in these cases, and believe you should be very watchful, but I do the same thing in the States.
My children's lives are very rich for the experiences they have had. Each has treasured memories, a love of different peoples and cultures and a true love of adventure.
E.D. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2008
Absolutely. People travel the world with children as infants.
Take all meds you MIGHT need. Tylenol, Motrin, saline nasal spray, bandaids, anti-diahreah (not sure what children use)sunscreen, etc.
Find out about passport requirements. I'm pretty sure you have to have one even at 2 years old if you leave the country.
Find out where the American Embassy is and make sure they can recommend Hospitals, etc.
Customs is not fun, but she can sit in her stroller. No worse than a line at Disney!
and HAVE FUN!
S.M. answers from Austin on January 24, 2008
I took my daughter to France at 23 months. It was fabulous!!!!
So, if you can overcome your anxiety -- you could have a great vacation. But, if you are going to be too anxious the whole time to enjoy your vacation, maybe you should wait and do Cancun later. (And if you are going to be too anxious, that is OKAY!!!!)
B.V. answers from Austin on January 25, 2008
We ended up taking our 4 month old daughter on a trip that my husband won to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I was NERVOUS. I was breastfeeding at the time, so I didn't want to eat anything that was going to make me sick, thus making her sick. We were at a very nice resort, and after the first day I was fine. We had zero problems, and it was a great trip. I think that it depends on where you are, but if you just use your common sense and are always on guard for trouble (like us moms should be at home, really) then you are going to have a great vacation and will make some wonderful memories. Have fun!
J.I. answers from Dallas on January 25, 2008
My boss tool his 1 year old and loved it. Just like with any city there are two kinds of hopsitals. The one you wouldn't want to go to is the one people can't pay go to. I had a friend get hurt in Cancun by falling. She went to the hospital where they send people who can pay and everything was fine.
U. answers from San Antonio on January 24, 2008
We were missionaries in El Salvador and my dd was born there, lived there for the first 3 years of her life. She's been WAY healthier than my ds, born here, lived here all his life.
Health care was better and WAY cheaper when we were there. We could afford an ER visit to the best hospital in the country -- $45. Immediate service, too.
Here, she once broke an artery in her head and I arrived at the ER with a bloody, passed out child in my arms. I was also covered in her blood (and I had great insurance). I had to wait 30 minutes before a triage nurse would talk to me. I couldn't believe it.
I've been to Pakistan, South Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador and all over Europe. I've only ever been robbed in New York and San Antonio.
My kids do great on a plane. I was really worried about it, too, but they proved me wrong.
I'm not saying that the US isn't wonderful, but don't let your fears keep you from seeing the world and sharing it with your daughter. Fear isn't fair to the people you fear. :) Have a great trip!