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Child sickness on holiday abroad

Kids Back From Summer Holidays With a Souvenir They Weren't Expecting

Head of International Travel Law Nick Harris

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Dated: 16th September 2015

It's that time of year again, the holidays are over and the kids are eagerly heading back to school, refreshed after a long break. But what happens if your kids are still suffering from an illness?

Feeling Worse for Wear after Your Holiday

No win no fee holiday illness complaints

You've been on a package holiday to Egypt for the past 2 weeks and the kids were having a whale of a time, until they dropped like flies after being hit by a stomach bug. They've spent all their time in the pool and you think contaminated water might be to blame…

This is a situation that many of our clients have to deal with. Illnesses that cause vomiting and diarrhoea are often caught whilst away at popular package holiday destinations including Egypt, Turkey and Greece to name a few.

Children are often excited to spend all the time they can playing in the pool, and lots even learn to swim whilst they're away. It's easy to see how children are at risk of accidentally swallowing contaminated water!

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Cryptosporidium parasite

Commonly found in poorly maintained swimming pools. You can suffer from Cryptosporidiosis if you accidently ingest contaminated pool water, or if the food you eat has been washed in contaminated water

Another major cause of holiday illness is food poisoning. Food hygiene standards can be less rigorous in certain holiday destinations. Food that has been undercooked, handled alongside raw food, or left out for long periods of time can leave you with food poisoning caused by bacteria.

Child sickness on package holiday abroad

Holiday illnesses can be very serious, and children especially can be at risk of dehydrating if they're suffered from sickness and diarrhoea. Seeking medical assistance is important both whilst you were away and now that you're back at home.

Home Remedies to Help Your Child's Recovery

If your children are still poorly when you return home it is best to keep them out of school until they feel better, as returning could see them spreading their illness to other children. A couple of things that might make your child feel more comfortable whilst they're recovering from a stomach bug can include:

Holiday Illness Can Stay With You

Suffering a serious holiday illness can leave many people with long lasting, or even life-long symptoms and illnesses. For example, debilitating conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), reactive arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome can all be triggered by a bad bout of sickness.

A holiday illness can cause your child to suffer unnecessarily, and has the potential to ruin your family's holiday and what should have been your child's exciting first few weeks of a new school year. It's also very concerning for parents to realise that this experience could leave your child with conditions that can affect them throughout their life.

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Fallen ill whilst on a package holiday?

It's important to seek legal advice. Compensation can not only go some way towards making up for a nightmare holiday, it will make up for any lost expenses and for any harm suffered by your family

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