Greetings Palisades Pediatrics Community,

beach-familyWelcome heat, humidity and summer storms! It must be summer in DC. This summer is a bit unusual in that I am seeing a lot of sick kiddos. Please continue to encourage good handwashing. Viral colds can last 7-10 days, and the child may experience cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, fussiness and fever.

Unfortunately, summer travel plans and sick kiddos do not make a good combination. Please travel with regular daily medications, a thermometer, bandages, ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Please let me know if you are traveling out of the country so that I can send you a travel kit.

Thanks for all of the referrals. I am still accepting new families that are looking for a different pediatric experience. If you know of friends, family members or colleagues that would be a good fit for our community please give them my number or email so that we can connect.

Dr. Hay

Travelers’ Diarrhea

handsSummer is a time to explore and travel with friends and family to domestic and international destinations. Travelers’ diarrhea impacts both children and adults that come into contact with contaminated water or food while traveling in high risk regions. High risk areas include the developing countries of Latin America, Asia, Africa and parts of the Middle East. There are more episodes of traveler’s diarrhea during the summer and rainy seasons.

Travelers’ diarrhea is characterized as at least 3 watery stools in 24 hours. The diarrhea may be associated with nausea, vomiting, stomach ache and fever. Some individuals may experience bloody diarrhea. Travelers’ diarrhea can be caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites. Most travelers’ diarrhea is the result of a bacterial infection. E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Shigella are the most common bacteria.

The best way to prevent travelers’ diarrhea is to:
1. avoid food or drinks that are prepared in unhygienic conditions
2. avoid undercooked meats and seafood
3. avoid raw fruits and veggies
4. continue to breastfeed infants
5. water should be disinfected
6. proper hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Travelers’ Diarrhea Fun Facts (because I just can’t help myself)
kids have a higher risk of contracting travelers’ diarrhea men and women contract traveler’s diarrhea equally during a 2-week trip there is a 10-40% chance of contracting travelers’ diarrhea depending on the location spices do not carry the germs that cause travelers’ diarrhea cruise-based trips have fewer travelers’ diarrhea cases than land-based trips most travelers’ diarrhea resolves on its own with supportive care.

Office Administration

Please email Veronica if you have any of the following changes:

  • New credit card information
  • Need a FSA Statement
  • Receive a new health insurance card
  • New home address

Please assist us in keeping our records up to date to provide efficient health care.