Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lizette Swart | 2010/02/15


Malaria prevention in children

What is the minimum age for children to enter a malaria area? What is the best prophylaxis to use - we are doing several tours to Botswana and childen from ages 3 to 12 will be joining us? Thanks

Expert's Reply



The World Health Organisation advises against taking infants and young children [under 8 years] to malarial areas. This is because of the dangers of malaria as well as difficulty in identifying safe anti-malarial treatments for young children. There is also the problem of trying to give these mostly very bitter tasting medicines to young children. If the trip is ABSOLUTELY necessary then careful prevention measures against mosquito bites is recommended. This includes definitely sleeping under mosquito nets and using Peaceful Sleep mats in bedrooms and applying anti- mosquito sprays to the skin especially at night.

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