The advice given in the healt section on food and drink. Should
be applied even more stringently where young children are
concerned. Be aware that expensive hotels may have squid cooking
condition the ceapest sreet stall is often more hygienic.
Where young children are the best bet meat and fish may be
pre cooked and then left out before being re heated. Fruit
can be bought cheaply right across southeast asia papaya,
banana and avocado are all excelent sources of nutrition ,
and can be self peeled ensuring cleanliness. If your child
is at the grab everyting and put it in mouth stage a damp
cloth and some dettol are useful. Frequent wiping of hands
and tabletops can help to minimize the chance of infaction.
transport may be problem trains are fine but long bus journeys
are restritive and unconvortable. Hirring a car is unbouthedly
the most convenient way see a country with a small child.
Back seatbelts are rearly fifted but it is posible to buy
child seats in capital cities.
tavellers seem to be more prone to illness abroad, but that
should not put you off taking them. More preparation is necessary
then for an adoult and perhaps a little more care sould be
taken when travelling to remote areas where healt service
are primitive. This is because children can become more rapildly
will than adults.
and vomiting are the most common problems so take the usual
precautions, but more intensively. Make sure all basic childhood
vaccination are up to date as well as the more exotic ones.
Children should be properly protected against diphtheria,
whooping cough, mumps and measles. If they have not had the
disease, teenage girls should be given rubella (German measles)
vaccination. Consult your doctor for advice on BCG inoculation
against tuberculosis : the disease is still common in the
region. Protection against mosquitos and drug prophylaxis
against malaria is essential. Many children take to ‘foreign’
food quite happily. Milk may be unavailable outside big cities.
Powdered milk may be the answer; breast feeding for babies
respiratory infection such as colds, catarrh and middle ear
infection are common – antibiotics could be carried
against the possibility. Outer ear infection after swimming
are also common, antibiotic ear drops will help. The treatment
of s he same is for adults except that it should start earlier
and be continued persistence Children get dehydrated very
quickly in the tropics and can drowsy and unco-operative unless
cajoled to drink water or juice plus salts oral has been a
lifesaving technique in children.
Babies and small children deteriorate very rapidly when ill.
A travel insurance policy Emergencies 1n air ambulance provision
is strongly recommended. When planning a route, try to stay
within 24 hours travel of a hospital with good care and facilities.
Many expatriats Singapore for if medical care, which has the
best doctors and facilities in the region
NEVER allow your child to be exposed to the harsh tropical
sun without protection. A child can burn in a matter of minuates.
Loose cotton clothing, with long sleeves and legs and a sun
– hat are best. High – factor sun – protection
cream is essential
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