Staying away from home with your child and changing your usual routine, will always bring new challenges. This is no different if your child has PKU.
There may be a host of unfamiliar foods that you may not know the exchange values for, this applies whether you are travelling within your own country, going abroad, or even just visiting friends and family. When travelling overseas, there are the added factors of potential language barriers and concerns around taking protein substitutes in your luggage to consider.
Your child may also be getting to the age where they are starting to sleep over at friend’s houses or go on more overnight school trips. This can be an anxious but exciting time for you as a family, as your child starts to take more responsibility for their own diet.
Here are a few hints and tips to make sure that your trip goes smoothly:
Before you go:
A checklist of items to make sure you bring on your trip:
When taking your protein substitue make sure to:
Depeneding on your dining options you will need to ensure:
If your child is going on a trip with school or staying over at a friend’s house, it can be hard to hand over the management of their low protein diet to a teacher, parent or to your child themselves.
Empowering older children to take their protein substitutes on their own (with a little bit of supervision from an adult!) can put the building blocks in place to start to grow their independence in managing their PKU diet.
There are, however, a few things that you can do to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible:
Travelling provides wonderful opportunities and memories so plan carefully and all should go well. Happy travels!