When traveling abroad, it helps to know how to reduce your family’s chance of suffering gastro. This is particularly important if you’re taking them to a far flung destination.
The following four tips can help you enjoy a gastro-free trip. In case preventative measures fail, you’ll also learn what to do if traveller’s diarrhoea strikes.
1. Determine the Risk
Before travelling, check if your destination is one where diarrhoea is known to be a high risk. When it comes to gastro, the highest risk countries are those in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. If you’ll be visiting any of these regions, the following tips are worth considering.
2. Watch Out for the Water
Ingestion of contaminated water is a common way of getting traveller’s diarrhoea. This is something to be mindful of when travelling with the family. We all love a cold drink, especially in a hot climate, but drinks which are not pre-packaged can contain water that’s unkind to your digestive system.
It’s wise to avoid ingesting tap water in any form unless you know it’s safe. Even if the drink is not contaminated, ice cubes can harbour nasty bacteria. It is best to:
- Drink only purified, bottled water
- Don’t use ice cubes in drinks
- Stick to bottled soft drinks not post mix.
- Don’t use tap water to brush your teeth
- Don’t swallow water when taking a shower
While this advice might sound a little restrictive, these measures will help reduce the risk of your family suffering gastro while travelling.
3. If it Doesn’t Have a Peel, Ignore the Appeal
Fruits can be laden with bacteria from being washed in contaminated water. Only eat fruit that has a peel or skin. This greatly reduces the risk of waterborne contaminants on the fruit.
4. Speak to your Doctor before you Leave
It is a good idea to talk to your doctor before you head out on your trip. Your doctor will be able to provide you with valuable travel health advice and information on how to avoid getting traveller’s diarrhoea while you are on holiday and how to know if you have traveller’s diarrhoea.
If Diarrhoea Strikes Overseas
Know How to Recognise Dehydration
If you are unfortunate enough to get diarrhoea, you should keep hydrated. A good way to do this is by drinking purified water or an oral rehydration solution (ORS). At the same time, you should keep a look out for any signs of dehydration, which may include:
- A dry mouth
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Headaches or dizziness
As long as any of these signs are noticeable, you should keep up the rehydration efforts. If symptoms of dehydration don’t improve with oral rehydration, you should seek medical attention.
Pack Gastro-Stop and Keep Your Family Prepared
The tips provided in this article will assist to reduce the likelihood of your family suffering diarrhoea while travelling. If the worst should happen and gastro does strike, you should be prepared.
Gastro-Stop reduces the duration of diarrhoea symptoms and will get you back to your planned activities faster. Before you set off for your big trip, why not make a small trip to the local pharmacy? It’s easy to locate your nearest outlet with our online store finder.
If you would like to learn more about Gastro-Stop please click here. Gastro-Stop should not be used in children under 12 years of age.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your Health Care Professional.