Today’s families are more mobile, traveling not just to usual tourist destinations, but often to remote areas, developing countries or high altitude locations. Advances in medicine have also opened the possibility for many with chronic illnesses to be able to travel. Despite these advances, travelers still risk contracting infections from contaminated food, water, insects, animal bite or from other people. Young infants are at greater risk than adults for … serious infection including pneumonia, meningitis, acute gastroenteritis, tuberculosis, malaria and other parasitic infections.
Preventive preparations with medical consultation, reviewing vaccinations, medications and just simple precautions specific to your travel can decrease or eliminate many of these risks, resulting in a safer, healthier family travel experience.
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Basic Travel Tips:
- What’s safe to eat/drink while traveling?
- Avoid tap water in developing countries
- Ice may not be safe if water is contaminated (freezing doesn’t kill most infections).
- Boiled water/drinks like tea are usually safe (for babies this is especially important when mixing infant formula or drinking water)
- Iodine tablets or commercially available water filters may be used to purify water when camping.
- Foods that you peel (i.e., bananas) are safe.
- Hot well cooked food are usually safe (spices don’t kill bacteria)
- High Risk Food: Seafood and undercooked meats
- What can I do to avoid insect bites?
- Wear light protective clothing.
- If hiking, tuck pants leg into socks.
- Check yourself over for ticks when back indoors.
- Using insect repellent with DEET (follow directions for use)
- If using sunscreen, apply insect repellent after sunscreen.
- Use of mosquito netting and window screens
- Permethrin products (i.e., Nix) can be sprayed on clothing and tents for more protection.
- Bed Bugs – IN PROGRESS>>>>>>>
- These little pests are popping up everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying at a luxury five star resort or a cheap motel, bed bugs don’t care.
- Bed Bugs are typically 5mm long – one can fit on your thumbnail.
- Pic of bed bug Pic of rash
- These bugs can be reddish brown, tear drop shaped and very small. Signs that hey are there include fecal dripping