When you’re travelling with kids, something is bound to crop up and derail your best-laid holiday plans. For my family of four, the ultimate vacation bummer always involves a kid falling sick.
On our recent Batam getaway, a nasty tummy bug reared its ugly head. In Australia, it was the winter flu. Midway through our Taiwan holiday some years back, a mysterious skin rash made my toddler’s toes swell and itch for days.
My kids’ experiences with travel bugs are not unusual, given that families here are becoming increasingly adventurous.
“Once we step out of Singapore, the risk (of coming down with a holiday-acquired bug) opens up,” warns infectious disease expert Leong Hoe Nam of Rophi Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre.