Taking a baby to Goa,advice please =)


#1 May 28th, 2011, 06:44
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Hi all I'm new to this site so fingers crossed I'm posting in the right section!

I have been to Goa many many times as my parents own a property close to Anjuna & I just LOVE it! After having my daughter in August I have longed to go back especially to visit friends with her as I last went out when pregnant (and was totally fine )
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My main concern is malaria meds for her, I know its quite a low risk place but obviously I want to take precautions. At the time were planning to go (march 2012) she will be 20 months. I've read on a few sites that the meds available for this usually the side affects are awful for them? Also we currently used tablets bought from chemists in Goa due to costs.As I said I have visited many times before and its basic commen sense about water,food,hygiene,sun safety etc. Any advice on this would be so greatly recieved! Also any other tips on travelling with a baby in Goa would be fab!

Thanks for taking the time to read
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Re: the meds and other such concerns, speak to your local doctor/pediatrician, preferably one specializing in travel medicine. As in preferably a travel health clinic or similar.
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You might look up the details on Malarone. However, even that can have side effects in some individuals. I would suggest in any case to over the treatment for dehydration due to illness in infants with your pediatrician. This is critical. Also, carry a liquid pedialyte. If you don't need it donate it on departure. But should you need it you will be happy. Get some advice on good doctors/ hospitals for infants while there. Things can come up quickly. One morning my baba was ill and a few hours later I visited him in a hospital on IV..
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There are several good private health centres in Anjuna, get your parents to ask their neighbours for recommendations and personally check them out. Avoid any government run clinics, they are lethal.
Malarone was discussed extensively with regard to children on here recently, do a search.
Most important of all with mossies is to avoid being bitten in the first place by following the normal personal hygene, cover up, deterrent cream/spray etc. Also if possible sleeping in an a/c room will help your kid as the skeeters dont like it.
Any of the tablets only work on malaria, and a mossie carries plenty of other very nasty things not protected against, such as elephantisis, chikagunya, aids etc, so again, its best not to get bitten as far as possible.
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I've read no convincing evidence that mossies spread AIDS??
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post a mossie carries plenty of other very nasty things not protected against, such as ... aids etc,
never heard this before.
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....Any of the tablets only work on malaria, and a mossie carries plenty of other very nasty things not protected against, such as elephantisis, chikagunya, aids etc, so again, its best not to get bitten as far as possible.

Mosquitoes or any other bloodsucking insects do not transmit Aids...though disease like Chikungunya is transmit but definitely not Aids.
Check this -http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/infectious/question700.htm
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Thank you for the clarification, I was told that at my local doctors surgery!

The other diseases aree definitely mosquito borne.

In recent years an increasing number of tourists have returned to the UK with symptoms of chickangunya, probably because so many think by taking the meds they are safe and dont avoid the actual bites in the first place.

This is a relevant point........
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Originally Posted by johnny five View Post In recent years an increasing number of tourists have returned to the UK with symptoms of chickangunya, probably because so many think by taking the meds they are safe and dont avoid the actual bites in the first place.

This is a relevant point........
Yes, this is the great danger, avoiding getting bitten is much more important then just taking any malaria meds and thinking one is save.
Malaria is just one of many diseases spread by mozzies.
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... Moreover, I'm not aware of any antimalarials that offer 100% protection. So you should seek to avoid getting stung as much as you can anyways, no matter what you do.

(There's long been some controversies anyway I think over that on the one hand, the antimalarials will make symptoms milder and so allow you more time to seek treatment; but then on the other hand, they're said to make the symptoms harder to diagnose, since they'll precisely be less severe.)

But then, hey, I wasn't gonna get into any malaria threads here anymore.* For that matter, I wasn't gonna post anymore, period; so what indeed am I doing here Well, cheers folks It's arguably a hard habit to break, I guess. (Just popped in here to answer something the other day, and then one post leads to another, etc. I'm not sure myself where this my renewed presence is supposed to lead. Should maybe just drop it again, I'd never meant to.)

ps Their being able to transmit aids is a myth yes I believe (actually requires rather more intense bodily fluids contact, you don't contract it from a sneeze); but then whatever, it shouldn't be the gist of this thread.

* Why? Because it just leads to endless contentious and not always equally well-founded stuff; as a travel health booklet of mine calls it, malaria must be the single most contentious (and, indeed, talked-about) topic among (tropical) travelers.

Which is why I persist in advising to just consult some decent physicians available to you; while they won't have the definitive answers, either, and advice (and costs) may differ widely depending on where you live or where you ask, at least you might think they'd be remotely qualified to answer you.

And then pps let me be clear that of course with an infant, I'd seek to bring their risks down to an absolute minimum. So I'm not advocating Oh don't take any of that stuff since there's no point anyway, or anything like that.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post But then, hey, I wasn't gonna get into any malaria threads here anymore.* For that matter, I wasn't gonna post anymore, period; so what indeed am I doing here Well, cheers folks It's arguably a hard habit to break, I guess. (Just popped in here to answer something the other day, and then one post leads to another, etc. I'm not sure myself where this my renewed presence is supposed to lead. Should maybe just drop it again, I'd never meant to.)
I, for one, have been wondering what happened since you used to be a very active poster.
Good to see you back!
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The mach is back
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Malaria infection isn't prevented by anti malarials. The antimalarials prevent the multiplication of the parasite. This is sometimes misunderstood as simply "masking the symptoms" when it is in fact the reduction of these "symptoms"" that are likely to keep you well and in some cases alive.

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