It is becoming much more common to take children abroad, including to distant destinations. However children do run additional health risks because of their young age and because their immune systems are not yet fully developed.
Going abroad is an exciting event for children. They are exposed to a strange new environment and get the opportunity to experience a different climate and/or time zone. These changes can make such an impression on a child that he or she can become quite out of sorts. Research has not yet determined whether these behavioural changes are only temporary or whether they can become permanent or serious. And the same applies to persistent physical symptoms, such as fever or signs of dehydration.
Children are at special risk of becoming ill while abroad because their immune systems are still developing and they frequently come into contact with various pathogens when they are playing.
While travelling by car, bus or aeroplane you are to a large degree dependent on others for your safety but you can increase the safety of your child by using a child seat and/or a seat belt.