Childhood Diseases

Posted by: angela | 2010-09-10


Holiday in high risk malaria area

Hi Doctor
We are going to a resort in Komatipoort and it is a high
risk malaria area. What medication can I give to my daughhter of
7 years old and my son of 4 years old? Are there any side effects to the medicine?
We are going next year March so it will be hot still.
Thanks for your help

Expert's Reply



March is a bad time for malaria in that area. The usual advice these days is not to take children under 8 years into known malarial areas unless absolutely necessary.Full anti-mosquito precautions must be taken including sleeping under mosquito nets plus all the other usual precautions.Children cannot use Doxycycline and the malaria in this area is chloroquine resistent. Malarone Paediatric is one possible preventive drug to consider but is known to have unpleasant side effects in some people. Speak to your pharmacist about anti malarial prophylaxis if you decide to go.

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