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3 Things You Need In Your Handbag This Summer

Let’s face it, travelling with kids isn’t always the easiest but, rest assured, that with a little bit of planning and anticipation, you can be prepared for nearly all possible situations!

Pop these three handy products in your handbag and, fingers crossed, your summer trips should go nice and smoothly.

1. Travel Pops for Travel Sickness

There are few things worse than embarking on a family trip with the nervous anticipation and dread that someone will be sick along the way. Many young children suffer from travel sickness, whether in the car, bus, train or when flying, so being prepared will help to curb their (and your) anxiety, allowing you all to enjoy your trip.

Keeping cool, getting as much fresh air as possible, focusing on something distracting, and avoiding activities like reading which may cause nausea are all top tips to help keep travel sickness at bay – but sometimes they’re not enough, particularly with small children.

With bank holidays and summer days ahead of us, it’s likely you will be heading out on day trips, excursions and maybe even a family break. Make your trip easier with Caldekids Travel Pops, which are bound to be a hit with parents and kids – parents will rejoice in the Pops’ tummy-settling properties, while kids will love the great apple flavour (and the fact they’re getting an unprompted treat!).

Containing two natural extracts – ginger and peppermint – which have a positive effect on the digestive system, the Travel Pops are sure to keep sickness at bay. Offer your child a Travel Pop approximately 30 minutes before travelling, and then sit back and relax on your journey.

2. Caldesun for Sun Protection

Even if the sun only pops its head out a few times a year in Ireland, it's still really important to protect our skin and our children's skin from harmful rays. Some sunlight is good for us as we all need Vitamin D to help build and maintain strong bones but too much sun is harmful and can damage your skin.

It is important to protect your child from the day they are born from this UV radiation as skin cancer takes some time to develop. Children tend to be outdoors a lot and it is thought that in a lifetime most people will get 80% of their exposure to the sun in their youth. It is said that a single sunburn at an early age increases the risk of later skin cancer by 30%.

So whether you're pottering around at home, or are travelling abroad to warmer weather, it is essential to protect your children with a “broad spectrum” sunscreen, such as Caldesun. This means that your child’s skin is protected against the UV-A and the UV-B rays.

The SPF (sun protection factor) tells you how good the sunscreen is at filtering out the UV-B rays. Sun damage is built up over the years and even on a cloudy day – the sun’s rays can pass through clouds. Caldesun is available in SPF 50 spray and is clinically tested and suitable for children with neurodermatitis. Caldesun is water resistant and contains no PEG emulsifiers, perfume, artificial colours or preservatives Sun Tips

  • Children less than 6 months should be kept in the shade at all times
  • Try to keep older children indoors from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Provide hats and sunglasses for your children
  • Dress your children in loose fitting clothes that cover arms and legs
  • Most importantly – use Caldesun Sun Protection before going out into the sun. Reapply after swimming and during the day to protect your child from the sun.

3. ITCHeze for Itchy and Irritated Skin

There's nothing worse than suffering with itchy and uncomfortable skin, especially when you're trying to enjoy yourself and have fun with the family. ITCHeze Cooling Spray Gel helps soothe, cool and moisturise skin which is irritated, superficially reddened, or which is prone to dryness and itchiness.

Suitable for all the family, ITCHeze will cool and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling soothed and moisturised. ITCHeze works through a process called osmosis to draw water from the inner layers of the skin to re-hydrate the surface layers. This generates a cooling effect that quickly soothes the skin and helps reduce itching discomfort.

It's easy to use, non-messy and odourless, absorbs quickly and won't stain clothes. It's suitable for children from 6 months and is available in large family-friendly packs in both Gel and ‘easy to use’ Spray Gel formats that make it a ‘must’ as a holiday essential.

What other summer essential products would you add to your handbag? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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