Childhood Diseases

Posted by: m | 2009-01-07


Malaria: Kids in Kruger

Should kids take anti-malaria tablets for a visit to a malaria area (Kruger National Park)?
And, if they should, what?
Is it true that children under a certain weight, cannot be treated if they contract malaria?

Expert's Reply



You do not give your children's ages, but in general young children cannot take the usual anti-malarial medicines. They can be treated if they get malaria depending on the form of mamlria they catch, but you really don't want them to get this disease.You would have to rely on the usual prevention methods such as nets and mosquito coils and applying Tabard if you go to a malarial area. As going to Kruger is not essential I would strongly advise against taking young children to a malarial area such as this.

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Posted by: Wendy B | 2009-04-23

Baby aged 13 months travelling to Sabi River Sun in month of June. What advice over and above topicals, mossie coils and nets.

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