The Top 5 Medications to Bring for Yourself When Traveling Overseas to Adopt

by Laura Christianson

When adoptive parents pack their bags in anticipation of bringing home their child, they always include oodles of items they think their child might need. But don’t forget to toss in the following items for yourself:

  1. An all-purpose prescription antibiotic such as Cypro
  2. Immodium, for diarrhea relief
  3. Sleeping pills
  4. Anti-itch cream
  5. Hemorrhoidal cream for those long plane/bus/taxi rides

If you’re heading to a warm climate, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and sunglasses. And if you’re prone to asthma (even mild asthma), pack an Albuterol inhaler. Tender Western lungs get easily irritated in countries that have more diesel fumes, dust and pollutants than what you’re used to breathing.

Readers who’ve traveled overseas: What critical items did you bring for yourself?

Julie January 23, 2006 at 6:06 AM

For the baby/child bring children’s tylenol or motrin – get the child’s last weight and confirm the dosage with your physician before you leave (small children are dosed according to weight). Same goes for benedryl. Also, open the package before you leave – make sure there is either a measuring cup or dropper. We discovered in Guatemala that there was no measuring cup/dropper in the baby benedryl. Luckily we didn’t need it.

Patrick January 24, 2006 at 12:28 AM

In case you get diarrhea you can use ORS (oral rehydration solution). It will not stop the diarrhea, but it does give you some energy and essential minerals, salt, sugar. You can use it for yourself and also for the baby. It’s not really medication, but very very useful. Especially if your stomach decides not to accept the exotic food overseas. 🙂

Laura January 24, 2006 at 7:08 PM

I would not have survived without an antacid. We were in Hunan, China, where all the food is hot and spicy. That and Imodium saved our trip!!

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