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Krabi with a baby: health and safety issues

Sambuck ointment, for treating mosquito bitesMedicines: If you forgot to pack the infant paracetamol, this is available in a no-sugar, no alcohol version (brand name: Sara or Tylenol) in Krabi in 7-11 stores, which are open 24 hours, or in pharmacies. Pharmacies, easily found in the beach areas, will also stock a bigger range of brand name infant medicines such as Calpol, cough expectorant, antibiotics, and cortisone creams and be able to provide dosed droppers to administer the mecicine. An excellent purchase while you are here would be some Zambuck ointment (look for a small green tin with red writing, shown left). This is an all-natural baby equivalent of tiger balm and is gentle and safe enough to use even on newborn skin for mosquito bites, bruises and any other small abrasions.

Most insect repellent contains DEET and as such is not advised for use on baby’s sensitive skin, or on any children under the age of 4: citronella oil is available here (around 80 Baht) to use as a safer alternative, and keep the Zambuck (above) at hand to put on any bites. A mosquito net for strollers would be useful if you plan to be out and about in the evenings. Do note the recent outbreak of dengue fever in Krabi. While cases remain rare in terms of overall population, it is recommended to be extra vigilant with children and infants.

There is a pediatric clinic at the Nakharin International Hospital in Krabi Town (Pisalpop Road, Tel: 075-626555) in case of serious illness. The English-speaking Dr Songwut is there daily.

Car seats These are almost never available in taxis, airport transfers etc. If this is an issue, you will need to bring your own, or if you book an airport transfer through this website when booking your hotel, we can provide a rear-facing infant seat or front-facing toddler seat for the journey (small fee applies).

Keeping your baby safe in the sun: The sun is very strong here – even Thai parents do not let their children venture out of the shade for too long. Covering up and wearing a hat, even in the shade or on cloudy days, is the best protection; and always apply a high factor sun screen to your baby’s skin.

Last updated: July 24, 2014

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