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Traveler's diarrhea diet
Alternative namesTraveler's diarrhea describes diarrhea that frequently attacks those visiting third-world or developing countries. Traveler's diarrhea diet refers to the appropriate food and fluids to consume if you develop traveler's diarrhea.
FunctionBacteria and the toxins that cause traveler's diarrhea occur in areas with contaminated water supplies, poor sewage systems, or inadequate food handling. People living in these areas often don't get sick because their bodies have developed some degree of immunity.
Traveler's diarrhea is rarely life-threatening for adults. It is more serious in children as it can frequently lead to dehydration . You can decrease your risk of developing traveler's diarrhea by avoiding water and food that may be contaminated. The goal of traveler's diarrhea diet is to minimize the impact of this illness and avoid severe dehydration.
Prevention of Traveler's Diarrhea:
Dehydration presents the most critical problem, especially for children. Signs of severe dehydration include:
Oral rehydration fluids are advised for children with traveler's diarrhea to prevent severe dehydration. These fluids contain salts (mainly sodium, potassium, and chloride) with small amounts of glucose (a form of sugar). They replace lost fluids and minerals. Most stores in the U.S. sell rehydration fluids in the infant section. In third world countries, many health agencies stock packets of salts to mix with water.
Give the child small amounts to drink often. Small amounts decrease the likelihood of vomiting . One guideline is to give one cup of fluid for every loose stool passed.
If you or your child have signs of severe dehydration, or if fever or bloody stools develop, seek immediate medical attention.
Update Date: 8/15/2003Daniel Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Infectious Diseases, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT