Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Consultation with the Pediatrician

This afternoon, I met with the girls' pediatrician for a consultation appointment.  I wanted to make sure that we had a prescription for malaria pills and a few other medicines (just in case).  Plus, I wanted her advice on how to handle illnesses in a country with medical care that is not as good as the care in the US. Her biggest recommendations were to use standard precautions (frequent handwashing, avoiding blood, staying inside at dawn and dusk to avoid mosquitos, sleeping with mosquito nets, and only drinking filtered water).  She also recommended that we take a few medicines with us for the girls.  In particular, she suggested Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, and a cold medicine.  I am so glad that we have a pediatrician who has experience helping patients who will be overseas for long periods of time!  It was a wonderful appointment and she certainly eased my mind about handling sick children in a foreign country! 

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