Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: wOrRIEd | 2011/10/31

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mOM''S WORRIED

Hi there, we are going to the Kruger national park in December and we are taking our 2 year old son with. His peaditrician prescribed Lariam for him. (THE SIDE EFFECTS SOUND TERRIBLE, ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD SUGGEST) What else can we take with, so that the mozzies dont come close to him. Please help!
tHE MORE PRODUCTS I TAKE WITH THE BETTER. SO PLEASE ANY INFO WILL HELP.
THANKS

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Ideally children under 5 years should not travel to a malaria area. If it is essntial for a your son to go then you can give him Malanil Paediatric tablets. Follow the directions carefully.Malanil has far less possible side effects compared to Lariam.You should also take all the usual anti-mosquito precautions including using a mosquito coil in your room at night.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011/10/31

I hope the Prof will agree, but do NOT give your son Lariam. It is well-known to cause (sometimes permanent) side-effects especially psychological (psychotic) as it affects the limbic system of the brain which is involved with emotion, also can cause irreversible brain stem and vestibular damage resulting in balance problems, vertigo, and psychotic behaviors. There are much safer malaria anaphylactics available such as doxycyclin.

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