Posted by: Rose | 2004/12/20


Concerned mom

My son is 4 months old. We will be visiting our inlaws in the Northern Transvaal on Friday. We have been told that because it is so hot, there are a lot of Mosquitos. Do I need to get medication for the baby before we leave, or an injection. Please advise.

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I am sorry to answer this too late. If it is a malaria invested area the advice would be to protect against malaria. otherwise normal measures to prevent mosquito bites would be sufficient.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/12/20

It is usually the hot wet areas that are a malaria risk. They don't usually give malaria medicine to young babies, but some paediatrician's will give Larium no meatter what age the baby is.

Mike Mozzie spray can be used on bedding and clothing from when your baby weighs over 6kg or is over 3 months of age.

Use a mosquito net over the camp cot. Ensure that there are no holes in the mosquito netting on doors and windows. Ensure that baby is in long sleeved clothing after dusk (from about 4pm onwards) so that there is no exposed skin.

Read back in this forum where the pead has answered a number of queries about malaria.

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