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Keeping your toddler healthy -international travel (II)

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If you are like most parents, you probably have some anxiety around the health and welfare of your little one while traveling.  Here are some tips that helped us keep our little one relatively healthy during our recent trip abroad (a special thanks to all our family and friend circle who shared their words of wisdom):

Water sources:  The  most important thing you can do is to ensure a clean source of drinking water.  Tap water should not be blindly trusted and water should be either from a trusted bottled brand or boiled and filtered.  This is especially true in Indian metro cities where the water pipe system is relatively old (and can have bacterial seepage issues).   Of course there are some parents who believe that children should be exposed to all types of germs to build lifelong immunity but I’m guessing if you believe that to an extreme … you aren’t reading this post 🙂

Hot is better:  We made our toddler avoid cold salads, juices and uncooked raw food.  When the weather was especially warm, packaged (and pasteurized) cold juices or home-made cold drinks were selected.

Immunizations:  Talk to your pediatrician before your big trip (ideally 6 months before).  S/he might recommend some additional vaccines in addition to ensuring your child is up to date on all regular vaccines.  Getting your child vaccinated for Hep A (jaundice) is a good idea -this contagious disease can cause some serious havoc.  The CDC recommends a Hep A vaccine for children over a year-see document here

And don’t forget some travel sized hand  sanitizers for use while in transit and away from easily accessible hand washing.

All these tips might help keep your little one safe from serious illness but with airplane travel and changes in climate there is always the potential for a little common cold.  Arm yourself with these awesome moist saline wipes…if your toddler does end up with a cold – these wipes are great for keeping little noses from becoming sore.

Safe travels!


Written by Redpatang

February 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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