Taking your kids to the snow can be an amazing fun filled experience. Especially if it is the first time they have seen snow.
However as snow falls on the mountains, the one thing every family needs to be aware of is Altitude Sickness.
Altitude sickness is when you are at high altitudes and your body can not cope with the level of oxygen available. This is because the higher you go, the lower oxygen levels go.
Shortness of Breath
Flu like symptoms
1/ The best step and safest option is to simply take your time. By stopping along the way you are giving yourself and your family time for your body to adjust to the changes in the oxygen levels.
2/ Drink lots of water and avoid sources of caffeine and alcohol.
3/ A natural product thought to help with altitude sickness is Ginkgo Biloba.
It is a natural herbal supplement, safe for both adults and children.
Research suggests it improves blood circulation and helps your brain to cope with the lower levels of oxygen.
4/ Diamox (technical name: Acetazolamide) is a medication used in altitude sickness prevention.
It is safe for children to take, you just need to ensure you familiarize yourself with the dosage levels based on the size and age of your child.
It helps to speed up the body's ability to acclimatize to the low levels of oxygen.
Altitude sickness is one of those illnesses that can strike anyone and is random in its choice. It is up to the individual whether or not they want to take medication prior to their trip or wait and see if any one suffers from this illness.
If you prefer to avoid medication, at least try and implement all the natural options. If it is your first trip to the snow, you want it to be memorable for all the right reasons.