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How can I keep my child from getting sick during a trip overseas?

Taking a trip with your children, especially overseas, means upping your vigilance. A child’s immune system is still developing, so it’s okay to be a bit fanatical about germs -- especially in countries where hygiene standards might be less than perfect. Make regular and frequent stops to wash hands, especially in airports and at tourist attractions. Use only bottled water for drinking, tooth brushing, and mixing formula. Load up on alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Pack prepackaged snacks for your children. While local fresh fruit may look healthy, I recommend eating only fruit with thick skin that needs to be peeled, such as bananas, oranges, and melons. Avoid other kinds of fruit, which might have been washed in iffy water or not at all.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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