Diarrhoea in infants and young children

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, 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.  Extra (purified) water can be given on a spoon in a hot climate.

Food and drink

The measures to ensure safe consumption of food and drinks will 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.


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