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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Annie | 2007/03/12

Q.

Malaria and deworming

Hi dr,

Can you please tell me when my little ones must start using malaria tablets? We are going to Botswana on 19/04/07. They are two years and five months old (twins). Also, my GP subscribed Larium to them when they were younger, but since last year, he prescribes Mefliam, same as what we are using. Is that ok or can you suggest any other tablets? They normally don't have any side effects from Meflaim. And we obviously take extreme care when visiting a malaria area. I know the best prevention is not to get bitten, and we normally manage that. We have never been to Botswana though, and I hear that malaria at the Okovango Delta is quite common.

Also, I have never dewormed the little ones. Must I get a prescription for something, or can I get something over the counter?

Many thanks.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I am not happy with any of the anti-malarials in young children.I strongly suggest that you do not take them to malarial areas unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary.
A good deworming agent is Vermox Syrup 5ml twice daily for 3 days.

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