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May 9, 2006

Traveling

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Question from Duluth, Georgia, USA:

I plan to travel to La Ceiba, Honduras this summer for two months and will be taking, if it is safe, my six year old daughter with me. She was just diagnosed with type 1 on February 20, 2006. What is the best resource to find a pediatric endocrinologist there, in your opinion? What is your opinion on international travel with a child with type 1?

Answer:

From: DTeam Staff

When traveling internationally, it is very important to have adequate supplies for double the time you will be gone, in case you cannot get what you need locally. For any emergencies, go to the medical school Emergency Room. In many parts of the world, there may not be a trained pediatric endocrinologist, so you may have to deal with an adult diabetes specialist or general pediatrician. You can always phone contact the U.S. Embassy and also your own regular diabetes team, even if away from the U.S.

SB

[Editor’s comment: In addition to hand carrying all medical supplies, make sure you take emergency food and a valid prescription for all the medical items you are taking.

BH]