Travel Tips: High Altitudes Travel with Children
- Altitude sickness develops rapidly in children and can be hard to gauge as signs and symptoms are often vague and similar to symptoms of other illnesses.
- Symptoms generally include one or some of the following:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Loss in appetite
- Fussy and irritable
- If traveling higher than 2,500 m or 8,200 feet, make the ascent gradually. Even adults need a rest day for every 1000 m or 3,280 feet, in order to give their body time to acclimatize. Children need more time. Do not ascend more than 300 m or 984 feet per day, as rapid ascent and failing to give your body time to acclimatize can be fatal and even lead to death.