It’s considered tha one of the worst (because frequent and destructive) bad luck that can happen on the road, it can become a big problem when it comes to kids ..
We travelers prefer to call her by her stage name “Curse of Montezuma”, because there makes it look nicer.
Legend has it that the Spanish settlers who conquered the Aztec empire in the 1520s, were seized by severe intestinal problems, caused by the curse cast by the local king murdered by the invaders, Montezuma precisely. However, considering that this discomfort is not just about the Spaniards who head to South America but many travelers heading to distant destinations, it seems clear that Mr. Montezuma with this little story centers.
The diarrhea may also arise in industrialized countries because of changes in temperature (in Dubai for example there may be more than 20 degrees difference between the outside and the inside during the summer) or due to the change in eating habits. In this case the hassle, however, tends to be less important than the infectious forms or bacterial.
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The real traveler’s diarrhea tends to hit especially when traveling in tropical countries, hot and with low levels of hygiene, where the presence of bacteria or viruses unknown to our organization exponentially increases the risk that we understood some problem intestinal unsympathetic, as I had already told in the article> Travel to the tropics with children: never again without
In general, especially when traveling with children, it is essential:
try to prevent traveler’s diarrhea
counter it with effective means if it becomes painful often the problem is easy to solve but may arise serious complications if not treated properly.
[NOTE: I’m not a doctor but simply tell our field experience and the information collected and tested in many years of travel]
Traveler’s diarrhea in children: how to prevent
To reduce the chances of contracting traveler’s diarrhea (which is often associated with vomiting and fever) is first essential to observe some simple rules of hygiene:
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NEVER drink the tap water (unless it has first been boiled / disinfected), even for brushing your teeth. The bottle of water will therefore always our traveling companion inseparable;
for the same reason, do not put ice in drinks (and remember the little word “no ice” each time you order something at the bar);
It would be good to also avoid eating raw vegetables and fruit already peeled, that may have been washed in running water;
avoid eating raw food, ice cream and sauces not better defined, especially in countries where you are not sure of the proper preservation of foods
wash your hands often and, especially if there are young children who tend to mettersele in your mouth, use wipes or gel sanitizers
Another important form of prevention that we always put in place prior to departure and during the trip is taking food supplements and ferments. On the occasion of our recent trip to the Maldives, we tested two new (for us) Santiveri products, natural supplements of probiotics, that favor the right balance so that the ferment of our intestinal flora can develop:
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Florase Header (tablets for adults): enriched with calcium (which helps the proper functioning of digestive enzymes)
Florase Kids (vials for children): enriched with vitamins and royal jelly, which also help to give you energy, reduce fatigue and protect the immune system.
We started to take a week before departure and continued throughout the stay and we noticed some minor intestinal problems were resolved just like that. Also the taste of the vial for children is very pleasant and every morning Amanda asked me to give her punctually her daily!
In essence, therefore, the most effective means to deal with traveler’s diarrhea is the PREVENTION, at least as far as one can get.
Unfortunately, sometimes this is not enough, such as happened to us in the Seychelles> When a child becomes ill while traveling: the importance of starting preparations
And if it happens?
If, despite all the measures implemented, there happens to be afflicted by traveler’s diarrhea, or even worse happen to children, it is important to take action promptly:
now you need to replenish lost fluids by drinking water, juice or salt solutions (if there is vomiting, otherwise, before drinking in small sips, you have to wait at least one hour to avoid continuing to vomit);
if the problem does not stop quickly, it may be necessary to take appropriate medications, but for which it is best to seek medical advice before: not always in fact antidiarrhoeals are advisable, indeed in some cases are even contraindicated (and in any case can not be taken from children)
continue taking milk enzymes and supplements to protect the bacterial flora.