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21 Sep 2007

Malaria
Hi my family will be travelling to Mpumalanga in October.We will not be going to the Kruger park and have been told that this is low risk season so no need for prevention medication but I would prefer to be safe then sorry.I have two children 6 and 1, what medication can I give them and is there any suspension form of medication.How soon before should we start taking prevention medication.I hear that the medication Malarone is the one to take is this correct? How long after should we take it? Will it loose its effect if I crush the tablet and mix with custard or something....we battle to get my 1 year old to take calpol never mind a bitter tablet.
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Hallo Reece
For Kids Larium works well - only once a week needed, but may not be used in patients with epilepsy, depression or heart problems. You have to start 1 week before entering the area and 4 weeks after.
Malarone can only be given to children over 11 kg, must be taken every day, starting 1 day before entering the area, and continue taking it 1 week after - one gets a malarone pediatric tablet.
You can crush the Larium - not sure of the Malarone but the pharmacist would know.
I think it is wise with kids to be rather safe than sorry. Remember the mozzi spray and long sleeved clothes after dusk.
Dr Bets
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