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Water safety for tender tummies

Kansas City, Kansas
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Water safety for tender tummies

Hi, this will be our first trip to the Dominican Republic. We usually travel to Cancun or Jamaica where it is so tourist tended (handicapped in my opinion) that the tap water is safe to drink. Can you please provide advice for a traveler new to the DR about the water quality? I have heard that it is not safe to drink nor brush teeth with. Is this true? We do not intend to stray far from the resort. Please advise. Thank you very much.

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1. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

What you heard is true. While some people brush their teeth with the tap water, the vast majority do not. The water/ice in the bars and restaurants will be fine - do not drink the tap water in your room. There will be bottled water supplied for you.

Taking probiotics before and during travel is also something some people do, including us, and it's a good idea to travel with Pepto Bismol in case of tummy upset due to new/differently prepared food. Immodium is good to have in case of emergencies - we never used it. Everything else in moderation also helps..

Enjoy your trip!!! :)

Edited: 15 February 2014, 19:35
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2. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

Just to add, we took a Pepto pill each daily, usually in the afternoon, just to coat the tummy, and mixed powdered Gatorade with a bottle of water, late afternoon or before bed.

I also suggest mosquito repellant and some hydrocortisone cream in case of any bites - not that everyone is bothered, but good to be prepared :)

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Thank you so much for your informative response, Lacey. Is the fresh fruit safe to eat on the resort?

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4. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

We did not have any tummy issues at all, and we did eat the fresh fruit, mind you it was all peeled….we did monitor our intake, especially of coconut, as of course too much can cause a “loosey goosey” digestive upset, lol.

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5. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

Also thought to add that you should use bottled water when making coffee in the room.

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6. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

We also have never had any issues with fresh fruit, salad produce, ice, etc

Resort do everything they can to mitigate people getting ill

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7. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

I agree with FFM, resorts do lots of precautionary measures, it's certainly not in their interest to have large scale health problems through food or drink. Sensible precautions, common sense and good hygiene practices is all that's required for a great time.

Hope you enjoy your first visit :)

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8. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

Never had any problems in 25 trips. I brush teeth with tap water. Love the fresh fruits and vegetables. Careful of too much papaya as well as coconut. Never used probiotics or Pepto; have a little yogurt each day. Always bring lomotil and antibiotics, but never needed to use. Ice in drinks at resort will be fine, don't trust ice off the resort.

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9. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

You don't need to take anything to protect you..

Just don't use their tap water at all

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10. Re: Water safety for tender tummies

one day Kathryn ... you will know what a colonostomy prep is all about...just hold a finger over the opening...lol