Join Date: Jul 2006
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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)