Travel insurance for children

Hi! We are traveling abroad (Spain) for the holidays with 2 toddlers in tow. The past few years with little ones, we have realized that winter = someone is always sick. I worry less about me and my husband, but we've had some unpleasant scares with extremely nasty colds for our kids (vomiting, diarrhea, needing special breathing machine, rashes that freak us out, etc.). I've been lucky to be able to take them during the day to their pediatrician for sick visits (none of which turned out to be major illnesses, but just a lot of discomfort), but I'm a little worried about when we are abroad for 2.5 weeks. We are making sure to be up-to-date on vaccinations beforehand. Have you purchased travel insurance for your kids? Did you find it necessary, or, if knowledgeable about Spain, could we just use an urgent care center if absolutely necessary? Thanks!

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First check with your current health insurance coverage. Ours covers both urgent (like what you described) and emergency care anywhere in the world (assuming it's a temporary visit, not that you've moved there), but some cover only true emergencies. You may have to pay up front and get reimbursed. I'm not certain about Spain, but I think some places cover visitor urgent needs, too, so look into that as well.