Questions Regarding The Dominican Republic…

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Recently Melodie sent me an email regarding visiting the Dominican Republic with baby…

Hello! I just recently saw your website and I would like to say how great it is that you have established this! We have a 3 yr old and a 7 month old and this site has a lot of useful tips and info!

We are planning a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January. Our baby will be 9 months old by then. We were advised that we have to get Hepatitis shots and anti-malaria pills. The pediatrician told us that the baby is too young to get the Hep A shots but is ok to take the anti-malaria pills. Does anyone have any input on health precautions?

Also, because the baby cannot get the shots, we were also thinking of bringing ready to drink formula but that (along with the jarred baby food for a week, diapers, etc etc), will surely take up all the luggage allowance, not to mention it is twice the price of the powdered one. Does anyone have any experience with this or is bottled water ok to use with the powdered formula?

First of all Melodie, thanks!!!

Regarding the Hepatitis shots…

You should speak with your doctor about this. They certainly can’t hurt.  The one “nice” thing about Hep A is that it doesn’t cause long-term liver damage.  Be extra scrupulous in your hand washing and make sure to do the same with baby.  Hepatitis B is sexually transmitted or contracted via blood – less of a concern for baby but maybe skip the pedicure if you’re concerned…

Regarding the anti-Malarials…

This is a tricky one… According to the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/), there is a risk of Malaria in the Dominican Republic.  The area bordering Haiti is deemed to have the highest risk but it is present in resort areas and the CDC does recommend Chloroquine as a preventative measure.  That said, anti-Malarials are no picnic, and can have some pretty severe side-effects.  Punta Cana is a very popular tourist destination, and the large resorts do spray regularly to keep mosquitos at bay.  Some say that you’re fine without anti-Malarials so long as you don’t leave the resort and avoid “jungle” excursions and tours.  However, a woman from Quebec was diagnosed in February of 2008 after spending 2 weeks in Punta Cana without leaving the resort.  I also personally know two families with young children whose doctors thought anti-Malarials were not necessary, and enjoyed fabulous holidays in Punta Cana with their tots.  To take the preventative measure or not is totally your call, just so you know to weigh the risks in advance.

Regarding the formula…

Bring the powder.  When traveling with a bottle-fed baby, it’s totally fine to mix with bottled water so long as it’s less than 200mg of Sodium per litre, and most brands are way way less.

Have a fabulous trip to Punta Cana with your family, Melodie – and check out what others have had to say about their visits to the Dominican Republic.

Please don’t forget to email us your trip report when you get back!!

 

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7 Responses to Questions Regarding The Dominican Republic…

  1. Sonia at 09:46 #

    This answer is just what I was looking for since I’m going to the Dominican in Feb with a 17 month old. Thanks for all the helpful info!

  2. Corinne at 10:46 #

    Happy New Year and have a great time Sonia!
    Don’t forget to send in your trip report when you get back!

  3. Jayzelle at 19:51 #

    Hey everybody! I’m getting ready for a 2 week vacation to my beautiful Dominican Republic with my 7 month old baby, and let me tell you that i’m so glad I found this website because it has helped BIG time!!! I will be leaving in 2 weeks and i’m very excited since it’s going to be me and baby(husband staying with the other kid)and can’t wait to see how it goes. Thank you so much for a wonderful website and can’t wait to share my experience with you.

    • Corinne at 21:30 #

      Have a wonderful time Jayzelle! Can’t wait to hear about your trip.

  4. Jayzelle at 14:58 #

    Hi everybody, I’m back from my 2 week trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with my 7 month old baby and let me tell you that it was an adventure. I want to share my experience with you and give you my personal opinion about the resorts and services I used while there. Is there a way that I can do this? Please let me know. Thank You.

    • Corinne at 15:27 #

      Hi Jayzelle!
      So glad to hear from you! Please send an email to info(at)havebabywilltravel(dot)com
      Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

  5. Spencer at 21:42 #

    Thanks for the information. All useful tips to take heed of.