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especially dangerous for young kids as they tend to become dehydrated more quickly than adults.
The CDC advises travellers to developing countries to avoid drinking or using tap water to brush teeth or rinse the mouth.
The CDC recommends disinfecting tap water by boiling it for about one minute. If you’re unsure, simply use bottled mineral water for drinking and brushing teeth, and when preparing formula milk or rice cereal for babies and toddlers, says Dr ieong.
Download the CDC’s
Can I Eat This? app. It helps prevent travellers’ diarrhoea by pointing you to the right food and drink choices in different countries.
• Avoid large meals and opt for light snacks before travelling.
• Distract your kid by playing some music or talking to him.
• Ask your paediatrician about anti-motion sickness medications. They can be used for kids above the age of two, but may cause drowsiness.
Cramming too many exciting activities in the first few days
You’ve reached your destination and are raring to go. But the kids have turned into cranky monsters who have trouble staying awake in the day and wake up at odd hours at night.
iike adults, kids can get jetlag, too, if they already have an established sleep-wake cycle and are crossing time zones. Expect jetlag to set in during the ﬁrst few days, so try not to overschedule your holiday activities, advises Dr Tan.
Prevent jetlag with these strategies from Dr Tan:
• Ensure that your kid has sufﬁcient sleep weeks before you travel.
• A few days before your trip, adjust his sleep schedule closer to the destination time, for example, by an hour or so every day.
• Set aside time to rest and recuperate. This means scheduling that theme park trip or other high-energy activities to a later date.
• Get enough sunlight to help the body adjust to the local time, and wind down in the evenings.
• If your kid needs a nap during the day, keep to only 15 to 30 minutes. Move naptime to an earlier time in the day.