Traveler's diarrhea: Updates for pediatricians

Jocelyn Y. Ang, Ambika Mathur

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Children who travel are at risk of developing the same illnesses that affect adult travelers. Treatment, etiology and actual risk of TD in children are not well defined. Prevention and self-treatment of TD should be discussed in great detail during pre-travel counseling. This includes information and instructions on various preventive measures as well as when to use medications and the potential adverse effects associated with these medications. A TD that is mild can be managed effectively by appropriate use of oral rehydration solutions. Families should be advised to carry ORS packets and start treatment in children as soon as the diarrhea begins. Self treatment with antibiotics such as azithromycin may be considered in children if diarrhea is moderate to severe. Caregivers should contact local health authorities if there is no improvement especially after self treatment with antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-820
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Annals
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2008


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