Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cat | 2011-05-31


Toddlers and Malaria Precautions

Afternoon. We are planning a trip to Zanzibar which is a malaria area. Our boys will be 2 and 3 in December (when we plan to go) and i would just like to have your opinion regarding the precautions we can take. We usually take the mosquito repellents (sprays and lotions) as well as electricity plug in repellents (all we use is Peace for Sleep) when we go to the Kruger Park area. Will this be efficient or will it be best if we use the medication before and during our stay. We will only be there for 8 days. Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

Expert's Reply



I am sure that you are aware that the World Health Organisation [WHO] has advised that children under 8 years of age should not be taken into a malarial area unless this is really necessary.Having said this, the best anti-malarial for children is Malarone Paediatric. Both of your children can take this malaria preventer treatment. Please speak to your pharmacist or consult your nearest travel clinic.You should also use all the necessay prevention measures against getting bitten by mosquitoes. The best prevention in this regard is the use of mosquito nets over the beds.

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