Kids and Altitude?

#1 May 10th, 2009, 17:10
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In June we'll be moving to Ladahk with our 2 kids, age 11 and 5. We're going to fly to Leh from Delhi and I'm a bit nervous about how the altitude will affect them. They've never lived at altitude, or even really visited anywhere as high as Leh, so there is no history to go on.

I've read the many (very helpful!) threads dealing with preventing AMS so I've got a good basic understanding, but I wonder if anyone has kid-specific info.

Ultimately we'll settle in a little village west of Leh, which is at an even higher elevation, but we'll have time to aclimate in Leh if need be.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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I imagine that the hardest part would be stopping your 5 year old from exerting him/herself too much on arrival, I'm not a parent, but I am aware that kids that age don't come fitted with off switches!
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I have seen several families with young kids in Leh over the years, they seem to do all right and its a common enough sight. I have no direct experience of kids at that altitude but i wouldnt worry. I would watch the sun in June, playing outside they will crisp up nicely........although if you live in Pune you would be aware of those problems
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Thanks for the encouragement! Keeping the little dude mellow will definitely be a challenge.

Just in case they handle it badly, does anyone know kid doses for the altitude meds?
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better check the pharma websites and/or HRA for diamox - opinions differ as to the ideal adult dosage in any event, remember that it has as much as a 12 hour lead in before becoming effective. When I last tried i could not get diamox in Leh at all. Get it beforehand. Other meds for more serious ams are for medics only, but i imagine Leh hospital has experience enough. You might want a full set of them anyway and administer them under supervision.

Dont worry, i doubt you will ever need it. i have travelled at altitude in Ladakh and Nepal for 15 years and the talisman diamox has never been touched.
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Originally Posted by MaggieMae View Post Just in case they handle it badly, does anyone know kid doses for the altitude meds?
This is a travel forum and all you're going to get is people's opinions, even if someone does post on here with some kids doses, it is a really bad idea to take medical advice from strangers, no matter now convincing they seem!

The drug manufacturer's website may advise on their suitability or otherwise for kids, but the hospitals up there are very used to dealing with these issues, and I strongly advise you against either administering preventative drugs to your children without medical supervision, or trying to treat any symptoms yourself.

As you are concerned, on arrival you might want to consider staying at a hotel which is clued up about these things. The Omasila ensured we knew not to overdo things, and even though I was aware from here of the issues, they stopped me on the stairs and kindly pointed out that I was walking up them too fast for my first day! They were right too...

They keep oxygen for use as a first aid measure for guests and I'm sure there are other hotels which do this as well, we considered it highly unlikely that we'd need it, but it was good to know that it was there.
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Acetazolamide (Diamox®) dosage for kids: Children may take 2.5 mg/kg body weight every 12 hours. As a parent it's good to know the dosage.

I would rather not give the medication but plan on spending few days in Leh for acclimatization -- not just for kids but also the adults. The key thing is monitoring the 5 year old.

Children specific AMS information: C h i l d r e n .. a t .. H i g h .. A l t i t u d e.
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Another useful article. There seems to be some real issues with toddlers (under two years ) being more vulnerable , with older kids it´s no better or worse than with adults , it comes down to judging symptoms. I think your kids are lucky to have the chance to come up to Ladakh.

The Diamox dosage mentioned above is correct , but I´d be reluctant to go that way. There is a small but important group that are allergic to sulfa medication , and the reason we may know this as adults is having had it as kids. Talk this over with a good doc .

If you feel under the weather but not dramatically sick after the first night (fairly high probability for the first , really low for the last) you have two places that are four hundred meters lower than Leh. Alchi is easily reached from Leh , have your second night there. It can mean a real difference. Second option , westwards, is Saspol.

Happy trails ,
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