Road Trip USA with babies in tow: Rotavirus
We have twins and we have been travelling with them since they were six weeks old (when we took them on a 2000 mile road trip through 4 states). The USA is very child-friendly because the freeways have rest areas and stops everywhere, with all the essentials easily bought. The only problem with kids less than one year is if they catch a nasty gastrointestinal virus (like my daughter did when we brought them to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras before Katrina). My daughter got the nasty Rotavirus, but my son did not. I don't think she got it from the plane ride - she most likely got it from our friend's kid whom we later learned had rotavirus about 2 weeks before (we drove to Texas from New Orleans). She had frequent watery diarrhea, so we brought her immediately to the hospital where IV hydration was started (I poked my daughter myself with the needle to get the IV since I am a physician and her veins were already collapsed from dehydration) and she was admitted for a day. With these young kids, bring to hospital when you see frequent diarrhea as dehydration happens very quickly. And although difficult, it may be prudent to avoid having frequent contacts with other kids who may appear sick or just got sick.
And not to scare you, but here are the facts: "Google Rotavirus: On Wikipedia"---- More than 500,000 children under five years of age die from rotavirus infection each year,and almost two million more become severely ill.In the United States, rotavirus causes about 2.7 million cases of severe gastroenteritis in children, almost 60,000 hospitalisations, and around 37 deaths each year. Public health campaigns to combat rotavirus focus on providing oral rehydration therapy for infected children and vaccination to prevent the disease. By the age of five, nearly every child in the world has been infected with rotavirus at least once. However, with each infection, immunity develops, subsequent infections are less severe,and adults are rarely affected.
Hotels and restaurants are generally "ready" for small kids, with baby chairs available and cribs available sometimes. There are "family rooms" in malls, and most restrooms in respectable establishments have diaper changing areas. Discreet breastfeeding is socially acceptable.Related to:
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America the beautiful
My mind was blown in America. The television make it sound liberal and so depressed. When I put my foot down in America I have never felt more free. Even the tough people were kind to me. They are not arrogant like some say here. People are wrong. They are passionate and care. I guess no matter where you go there will be good and bad depending on what is in a man or womans heart. Dont waste time going to South America or Dubai. They are lame. Good thing about America is every hundred miles or so... it is like being in different country... but not.. Does that make sense? Their food is the best. There is so much good food everywhere. Never far from a bank or market center. Clothes are the best and they are cheap. For a young country there is much old fashioned culture to express. The only danger I found was too much Taco Bell. That food is so good but wow does it leave a mark. IMPORTANT:
If anything goes wrong dial 911 and police or doctor will be there within 5 to 10 minutes always. I literally hated leaving and plan on moving to USA beautiful soon. The dream is real deal.Related to:
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Traffic on Pacific Coast Highway
Firstly the RV's. In the summer there are loads of these on the road, mostly driven well but some will have a half blind octogenarian at the wheel. Say no more.
Second are the logging Trucks they are very big and can be a bit of a surprise.
Raccoons can get into anything if they think theres food to be had.
Campsites near big cities and towns attract vagrants so it may be worth the extra dollars for a full cost campsite, to avoid waking up with a crackhead trying to smoke your socks!Related to:
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If you're traveling in southeastern North America between June and November, you have a good chance of running into a hurricane. Hurricanes form in the Atlantic near Africa and move northwestward, usually running into many of the islands of the Carribean and eventually hitting North America. A few commonly hurricane-plagued areas include Cancun, in Mexico, New Orleans, in Louisiana, the state of Florida, and North Carolina's Outer Banks. Hurricanes and tropical storms are named alphabetically and then convert to the letters of the Greek alphabet after running out of names. 2005 was a record hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin, with over 27 named storms.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are immensely dangerous and should not be taken lightly. The storms, which are often hundreds of miles wide, bring strong winds (sometimes up to 165 mph) and heavy rains, which will often cause flooding and mudslides. In the 2005 hurricane season, three hurricanes, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, caused extensive damage across the southeastern part of the continent. Wilma was the strongest hurricane on record for the Atlantic basin.
Fredericksburg (where I live) is usually spared during most hurricane seasons, though in 2003, Hurricane Isabel ripped through Virginia and caused some damage. What amazes me is that Isabel was very scary but was only a category 1 hurricane when it passed through Fredericksburg, as compared to the category 4 hurricane that Katrina was.
Traveling in North America during mid-winter? Then one of the biggest dangers to watch out for during that time is snow (unless, of course, you happen to be skiing). The most snow on the continent falls on places like the Cascades, Alaska, and the Rockies, but some cities in the country will also get large amounts of snow annually, including: Toronto, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and Buffalo. Any mountainous area in the country is suspectible to snow. While the snow may be good news for many ski slopes, it's bad new for drivers, since snow can turn roads slick and dangerous.
Anyway my comments on baby clothes in this country. They have a stupid size system and I think most people dont understand it. I certainly have made the mistake, so have my parents, even one of my american friends. OK you are asking what is it. For example if it says 3 months it means upto 3 months not 3 to 6 months like you would think! i think this is part the reason why everyone thinks american kids clothes are small, because they are really one size smaller than what you think. If you look at the weight range. i bought loads of baby grows in the sales (which by the way they call them stretchies or sleepers) thinking they were for 6-9 months as they were labelled 6 months in reality they are 3 to 6 months so my baby has lots of baby grows for the next few months while it is still hot/warm!!!! My friend did the same so she has about 6 really thick ones as well as some thinner ones.
This detail is only apparent when you look at the weight range. The other cofusing thing is not all brands are labelled this way!!!! So extra care needs to be taken when buying baby clothesRelated to:
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The Mojave (pronounced moe-hah-vee) desert/Anterlope VAlley area has a very special rattlesnake. The Mojave Green is the only snake in the workd that has both nuero- and hemo- toxins, meaning they act on both your nervous system, and your blood.
There are many varieties of snakes here, but only a few that are dangerous. We also have Diamondback rattlesnakes here.
Among the non-poisonous types, there are King snakes, Red Racers, Gopher snakes (which eat the Mojave Greens), and a few others.
As with most wild animals, if given a chance to get away, they will slide off, and leave you alone.
Watch where you put your hands and feet when climbing or hiking, and if you should spot a snake and don't know if it is poisonous or not, just back off, and leave it alone.
There are many cities where...
There are many cities where the water is iffy . New Orleans is the biggest example . Pretend you're in Mexico . The city water is bowel-shakingly foul . You can also get shot there really easily . Perhaps that is why Detroiters like N.O. so much . It reminds us of home . In general , ' southern food ' is greasy , fried , and vegetable free . While this is not inherently dangerous , it does take a toll after a few days . On your ass . Nuff said . Detroit has NO public transportation . Rent a car and pray . Most of the big cities , i.e. New York , San Francisco , have unscrupulous cabbies who will steal your money at every turn . They are shameless . Sadly , there is not much you can do . That is why drive our own cars in Detroit .
this will not come as a shock...
this will not come as a shock to most Americans..
travel medical insurance - GET IT. Its that simple.
If you are from a British Commonwealth country, the system in USA is not the same folks. You DONT want to be treated at County General if you can avoid it ok?
I was lucky - I wasnt sick/injured. Insurance is vital though because it directly impacts on the level of care you receive.
Visiting a GP is expensive, unlike home where I pay nothing for the privilege.
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Public transport in LA is mediocre at best.
Take a translator in some areas of the Southern US states ( serious ).
If you are an English tourist in Quebec tell them youre either an Australian or a New Zealander - they WILL treat you better.
If you are in Columbia South...
If you are in Columbia South Carolina in the downtown area. Beware of homeless people. They will ask you for money for babys milk. One became violent with one of my friends once but most are harmless. Jst make sure not to give them your money
always make sure that you rent...
always make sure that you rent a car from a reputable hire company and always keep your tank full it can be an offence to run out of petrol. when driving through colorado keep a close eye out for deer and other wild animals always make sure you have good liability ins with the rental policy. Do not pick up hikers under any circumstances stay at super 8,s travellodges and do not exceed the speed limits
Be firm, but polite with over...
Be firm, but polite with over friendly Mexican men if you are a female traveling alone. They will flirt with you-maybe even follow you around for awhile, but once you make it clear you are not interested they will go away and leave you alone.
To our European...
To our European Backpackers-don't hitchhike! In many places it its illegal and everywhere it is dangerous. Don't accept rides from people you don't know. Most of the time you will be perfectly safe in campgrounds as they tend to attract families and older retired couples.
The area is safe, but...
The area is safe, but sometimes when traveling at night or desolate locations, I did not see any people or autos for many miles. Flash floods and break downs are possible, so be careful in remote areas. Be sure to have adequate drinking water available if you travel during the summer.
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