preventative malaria meds in africa? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 2 Old 04-19-2010, 02:10 PM - Thread Starter
mamaLHK's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is the common wisdom NOT to take preventative malaria meds in malaria-prone areas of Africa? What about for a six year old child? I am hoping to go to Tanzania where preventative malaria meds are recommended, although some people choose not to take them and just treat if/when they get malaria. I'd love to hear from as many people as possible who have faced this decision, especially with young kids. Thanks!
mamaLHK is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 2 Old 05-15-2010, 08:43 AM
wagamama's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Canadian in Japan
Posts: 676
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Hi, we lived in a fairly high risk malaria zone in Nigeria for three years when my kids were babies/toddlers. Among the expats I knew, I'd say about half took antimalarias and half didn't. We were among the didn't. Taking antimalarials long-term can be hard on the liver (and who knows what else). I'd rather actually get malaria, if it came to that, and take the drugs just once. Normally, malaria is fully treatable if you seek treatment in time.

Luckily, none of us got malaria, although some people that we knew (neighbors, friends) did.

I always felt worried about the kids, though. And when I was pregnant, I was really nervous. I ended up leaving the country at 5 months, and spent the last 4 months of my pregnancy in my home country. HTH!

Globetrotting mama to DS (9) and DD (6)
wagamama is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 12,983

28 members and 12,955 guests
a-sorta-fairytale , baybee , BirthFree , blessedwithboys , Deborah , girlspn , JElaineB , Katherine73 , Lea Martin , LeonaM , lhargrave89 , Lucee , manyhatsmom , Michele123 , Mirzam , moominmamma , Motherof3already , mum2017 , NaturallyKait , philomom , rubelin , sarrahlnorris , SchoolmarmDE , Springshowers , transpecos , Wendybird42 , zebra15
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.