International travel has many risks, especially to developing countries. Some
important issues with air travel include eustation tube dysfunction and motion sickness.
Traveler's diarrhea is always an important issue. Prevention is of paramount importance.
General recommendations are below.
Setting: safe and supervised
Food: wash, peeled, cooked, served hot
Skin: cover up, use sunscreen and repellent, use mosquito net
Feet: wear shoes
Treatment for dehydration is with Oral Rehydration Solution. Pepto Bismol may
help. Antimotility agents should be used with caution, especially with fever or blood in
stool. Empiric antibiotic treatment for children, depending on their age, is with
TMP/SMX, Ciprofloxacin, or Azithromycine.
For further issues check the "Yellow Book" from the Centers for Disease Control,
World Health Organizations, or International Association for Medical Assistance to
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