oa South African Family Practice - Malaria prevention in travelling children : CPD article
|Article Title||Malaria prevention in travelling children : CPD article|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Family Practice|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Nov 2012|
|Pages||482 - 484|
|Keyword(s)||Antimalarials, Chemoprophylaxis, Children, Insecticides and Malaria|
Preventing malaria in children is often neglected. Prevention is very important, as malaria is still a significant cause of childhood mortality. Parents must be aware that the same measures must be taken by children to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Chemoprophylaxis with mefloquine, atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or chloroquine is advised. The correct dose must be given, at the correct dosing interval. The choice of drug depends on several factors, such as cost, side-effects, and other drug intake. Parents must be educated on the symptoms of malaria, as making a prompt diagnosis can reduce the incidence of further complications.
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