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I plan to travel to India (New Dehli or Goa) and Asia (Lombok and Bangkok) in october this year. Our 11 years old daughter will accompany us on this travel.
Is it safe to bring children? Which precautions are neccessary.

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    Although it feels strange to write in English to a Norwegian here goes! We travelled to India Dec/Jan 1995/1996 with a six year old boy and liked it so much that we are going again with him (10 years) and his younger brother (6 years) this Christmas. Travelling with children in Asia is an experience you should not miss. People in India are very friendly to children.

    Last time we flew into Bombay and then continued via Pune, where my husband attended a scientific conference, to Kolhapur. We finished in Goa, actually staying in Panaji and travelling out to various lovely beaches. This time we are going to Kerala.

    The child liked the calm, rural places best (a stay in a farm house was the best). Big cities and sights are not the thing for a six year old boy. In Bombay he mostly wanted to stay in the hotel room and play chess. It might be different for an 11-year old girl though.

    As for everyone travelling in India (grown up or child) the biggest danger is the traffic. Of course you should have all the recommended immunisations and dicuss malariaprofylax with your doctor. We also brought some allergy medicine and penicillin in case of prolonged diarrhea. The only one who got ill was me (bad chicken. Do not eat chicken cooked with the bone still left in it. Chicken can make you sick in Scandinavia too). The thing that saved me was Immodium (bring that) because this was just when we had to take a 16 hour bus trip back to Bombay. It does not make you well but it stops up everything so that you can sit on that bus or airplane. Kids under 12 (I think) should not take it though. Suspended carbon is what one can give them but it looks terrible. We also brought rehydration tablets (sugar/salt). Nice to drink when you are ill. Finally we were prescribed some clean syringes etc by the doctor. Luckily we did not need any of these but when you are travelling with children you want to know that you have tried to take precautions.

    Have a lovely journey. I am sure you will!




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    I don't have children, but travelled through India for 2 months (a woman)alone.

    I totally agree with the other person's response, especially in regards to getting all shots and bringing drugs, syringes, rehydrating packets. I also brought iodine tablets. I put them in all water even if it was bottled. I saw children filling used bottles with tap water and selling them on trains. Our bodies are not immune to this water.

    I also only ate food that was steaming hot. Don't take the risk. I did not eat salads or fruits that were washed in water with the exception of bananas and oranges that you can peel.

    Eat in the best restaurants. They are so cheap compared to any other place in the world.

    I also ate at train stations only if there were alot of people buying, if it was clean, and the food was steaming hot. Your kids might like the hot sweet tea served in clay cups.

    Bottled sodas are also safe.

    Teach your children about safety i.e. food, water, and stray animals. You should also discuss poverty.
    It was difficult for me to deal with.

    I took trains first class. More expensive, but much much more safe. You are given a great bed which you can use instead of a hotel night. The doors lock up well. Other classes you are crammed in and have to constantly watch your belongings.

    Also if for some reason you are stuck for hours at
    a town with no place to stay. Ask if the train station has a room. The rooms at the stations
    are quite clean and have showers to get cleaned up.

    Buses are exhausting. Only use to get to remote locations.

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