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Would you take a 3 month old to Fiji?


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#1 livelifelovehappy

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:17 PM

Not concerned about Fiji itself, but more the chance of contracting illnesses in transit.

Bub is breastfed and we're staying at a luxury resort.

Particularly scared of measles, but that's already happening in Australia, so it's more the travel itself than the destination that is on my mind.

Would you do it? I've travelled with infants before but the risk of measles and whooping cough seems pretty high compared to a few years ago.

#2 sarahec

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:27 PM

Personally I wouldn’t. But I’m a very paranoid type.

#3 1lexi1

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:31 PM

I probably wouldn't, mainly with measles on my mind! I'm not sure how rational I'm being though... A friend took their toddler recently and ended up with HFM and they were staying in a five star resort. That said, I'll be taking my 15mo there in September, so am hoping all will be ok!!

#4 livelifelovehappy

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:33 PM

I've had family members test positive for whooping cough, so it's close to home too.

I do get very anxious about things, paranoid and overestimate risks. If you took it to the logical conclusion, I wouldn't take my baby in public for a year at the moment.

#5 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:39 PM

DS was exposed to measles when he was 5mo. We were contacted by the department of health, and as I was breastfeeding it was considered that DS would be protected if I had immunity. My immunity was tested, and I had none (I fall into the age group that didn’t have a booster), so DS was given immunoglobulin to help protect him, and none of us got measles.

So, for a baby under 6mo, if you have immunity then your baby is much safer. You can get your immunity checked, or you could just get the booster shot they are currently doing free if you fall into the age range. I’d just have the shot personally. See your GP.

#6 sarahec

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:45 PM

View Post22Fruitmincepies, on 18 April 2019 - 02:39 PM, said:

DS was exposed to measles when he was 5mo. We were contacted by the department of health, and as I was breastfeeding it was considered that DS would be protected if I had immunity. My immunity was tested, and I had none (I fall into the age group that didn’t have a booster), so DS was given immunoglobulin to help protect him, and none of us got measles.

So, for a baby under 6mo, if you have immunity then your baby is much safer. You can get your immunity checked, or you could just get the booster shot they are currently doing free if you fall into the age range. I’d just have the shot personally. See your GP.

This is only partially correct. Maternal antibodies are what provide protection not breastfeeding.

#7 livelifelovehappy

Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:51 PM

I'll call the Dr obviously, but can you have the vaccination while breastfeeding? I'll be getting the flu shot too if so.

#8 No Drama Please

Posted 18 April 2019 - 03:05 PM

We took our four month old to Fiji and had a great time. I’m super paranoid as well but as you said OP, if I gave into my natural instincts I would probably never let them leave the house! Our GP is great at helping me to see things rationally, rather than just my anxiety, so if you have a good GP you trust maybe talk to them about your concerns and take it from there?

#9 purplekitty

Posted 18 April 2019 - 03:23 PM

Probably not.

https://wwwnc.cdc.go...ician/none/fiji

#10 annodam

Posted 18 April 2019 - 03:24 PM

Nah, neither would I & my kids have been holidaying from infants but that was in AU, first O/S trip was at 8mo if I recall.

#11 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:13 PM

FYI when we went to Fiji last October they still had signs up at the airport about Zika virus. Just in case you are thinking about having another one close together.

#12 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:19 PM

I wouldn’t.  Their water isn’t clean enough, that would worry me enough. Even just bathing a baby would be risky.  Babies dehydrate so quickly when they have diarrhoea. Then I’d worry about medical care for an infant in Fiji, and how long it takes to get from A to B.

Friend of mine took their baby to Fiji, it caught a fever, they had to take a boat and then a car to a local doctor. The local doctor had a queue, they queue jumped (cause it was a baby, everyone let them) and the doctor saw them, and baby was OK in the end. But what if it was something worse or the doctor had gone home for the day?

I’d wait until 12 months, when vaccination are at least more complete and they have a bit more endurance to common colds and flu and tummy bugs.

#13 Dianalynch

Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:24 PM

I'd probably want to wait until they'd completed more of their vaccination schedule.

Edited by Dianalynch, 18 April 2019 - 05:24 PM.


#14 vickydean

Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:32 PM

I took my 4mth old to Fiji in January. We had a great time and had no issues. Bub was fully breastfed and we stayed at a 5 star resort.

I love traveling and we travel o/s with our kids regularly. So yes, I have taken a baby to Fiji and I would do it again.

#15 RynandStompy

Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:45 PM

As you said there's risk of contracting measles in Aus, same as Fiji. To me the differentiator would be - ability to access paed medical treatment and cost. Does your insurance cover any exclusions (e.g. non vaccinated?) and also cost of parent staying on too until well enough to fly child home?
Yes measles is only a chance of contracting, but if baby is too young for vaccinating I likely wouldn't travel overseas to countries with higher incidence.

#16 eachschoolholidays

Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:53 PM

We took DD to Fiji when she was 3 months old and just stayed at the resort. Had a lovely time. I’m fairly laid back about risk but if you are worried, it wouldn’t be worth the stress. Go to a resort in Queensland instead.

#17 rosie28

Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:27 PM

I’d probably wait until they’re over 6 months old and have their vaccinations done for 6 months. And then I’d feel more comfortable if they were fully breastfed and there was a dr at the resort. This is why we went when DS was 7 months old, though he was having some solids by that stage, I just took food from here and supplemented with a few things from there.

#18 LucyGoose

Posted 18 April 2019 - 06:52 PM

Yes,  I would take a baby to Fiji.

Sure,  there’s an element of risk,  but there is also a risk taking your baby to a shopping centre or crowded area in Australia.

I took my eldest when she was 7months,  our biggest concern being the sun.

#19 ERipley

Posted 18 April 2019 - 07:10 PM

View Postpurplekitty, on 18 April 2019 - 03:23 PM, said:


This. Yes, there are risks in Australia but they are minimal. You’re not going to get yellow fever or typhoid in Australia. Anywhere you go in Australia if you must fly will have a much shorter flight and therefore less exposure to illness. As others have said, in the city in Australia you can have a great Dr at your house/hotel within a few hours in the middle of the night. Can you do that where you’re staying?

Of course nothing might happen and it might be a great time but I wouldn’t take the risk.

#20 Lifesgood

Posted 18 April 2019 - 07:28 PM

We went with friends a few years ago, they had a breastfed baby, a bit older than yours, maybe 6 months?

Anyway my friend got gastro while we were there so the poor thing had to breastfeed while she was sick.

Just another factor to consider.

We never took our babies anywhere even mildly adventurous until they were around 18 months.

#21 Mands09

Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:10 PM

I took my DS3 last year but he would hve been just on 6 months old. Stayed in a 5 star resort, bottled water for everything including brushing our teeth etc. my biggest concern was him getting sunburnt so he mostly stayed with a nanny whilst we went off with the older kids.

#22 Anon63

Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:48 PM

View Postlivelifelovehappy, on 18 April 2019 - 02:17 PM, said:


Particularly scared of measles, but that's already happening in Australia, so it's more the travel itself than the destination that is on my mind.


It's only happening in Australia because of vaccinated Australian going overseas and it is still very rare. Your child is far more likely to catch measles in Fiji as compared to Australia. Don't be part of the problem.

#23 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:51 PM

View Postlivelifelovehappy, on 18 April 2019 - 02:33 PM, said:

I do get very anxious about things, paranoid and overestimate risks. If you took it to the logical conclusion, I wouldn't take my baby in public for a year at the moment.
I would have to balance my own mental health risk against that.

Personally no way would I take a three month old anywhere beyond perhaps NZ (balance infectious disease risk and travel time confined with the aeroplane germs). I would want them to have had more of their immunisations, and be that bit more robust in coping with illness in general before going further afield. I don't trust the health care systems of too many other countries to deal with an ill infant.

#24 Kreme

Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:53 PM

No, I holidayed in Australia until my kids were fully vaccinated and at an age where they could actually participate in the holiday.

We’ve been to Fiji twice when kids were 5+ and we’ve never been sick but I swear we are about the only people I know who have had that experience. So many people I know have caught gastro bugs there that would hospitalise a baby.

#25 aace

Posted 18 April 2019 - 09:01 PM

We have frequently travelled when my children with babies. So yes I would happily go to Fiji.




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