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      Diarrhoea in infants and young children

      Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Nele Alders, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

      Diarrhoea in tropical countries is usually caused by eating or drinking food or water that has been contaminated with bacteria. Children under the age of two years have a higher risk of severe diarrhoea resulting in dehydration.



      Breastfeeding offers the best protection. It is best to feed your baby on demand; in hot climates, babies may need to be breastfed more often. Make sure you drink enough water yourself.

      Food and drink

      In hot climates, extra fluids may be necessary. A baby younger than 6 months is best fed extra breast milk or formula. For children older than 6 months, pure water can also be given with a spoon or cup.
      Measures for safe eating and drinking reduce the risk of diarrhoea.


      There is no suitable vaccine for traveller’s diarrhoea yet.

      Call the travel assistance insurance during your trip for advice on reliable medical facilities. You can contact your general practitioner or a specialised clinic after returning home.