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Travelers' Diarrhea: What You Need to Know

An Interview with CDC Travel Health Expert Phyllis Kozarsky

All of this advice applies to adults. What about children?

Kids can become dehydrated far quicker than adults. Rehydration solutions are more important for children right from the outset.

Doctors are now becoming more open to prescribing antibiotics that children can take in case they get travelers' diarrhea. Azithromycin can be useful in children. Parents should check with their pediatricians before leaving home.

Nursing mothers should continue to breastfeed. The time to wean a child is not in the middle of travel. Continue even if the mother has diarrhea -- but she must ensure that she is getting plenty of hydration.


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