Malaria in Chennai? I want to take my 8 month old daughter

#1 Sep 9th, 2011, 02:13
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Hi
according to my local GP Chennai is a low risk malaria area but other people who I know have visited have taken anti malarial tablets. I want to take my daughter to visit her grandparents... should she take anti malarial and if so how??!

Thanks in advance!

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I'd say that there is not much malaria here. However we are far from free from mosquitoes and mosquitoe-carried disease. I had Dengue just two weeks ago.

You can find a huge amount of controversy here in many malaria threads. Some of it is informed, some is not. Most of us who have taken part in those arguments would agree on one thing, though: we would not presume to advise a course of action for an eight month baby. Except, maybe to wait until she is older before coming to India, but ...

This just has to be between you and your qualified medical advisers.

I'd suggest one thing, though, and that is that you read the excellent British HPA booklet on malaria, which can be downloaded from their site page -->here.
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Unfortunately my qualified medical advisors don't know what they are talking about, at first they were on about yellow fever!!! Which as far as I'm aware is not a problem in India...! Can you suggest somewhere I could go for medical advice other than my GP - somewhere who might have more specialist knowledge?
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Oh dear.

A specialist in tropical medicine? But you are in UK... unless you are rich enough to go private, it might mean postponing your plans for a year or two while you sit on a waiting list . You could try here?
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Try the Center for Disease Control site..
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From the booklet I mentioned above
Quote:
Children are at particular risk of severe and fatal malaria; therefore, parents are
advised against taking infants and young children to malarious areas.
If travel is unavoidable, infants and children should be well protected against
mosquito bites and receive appropriate malaria chemoprophylaxis.
It is important that the child’s carers understand the importance of trying to ensure
that the child properly completes the full course of prophylactic medication.
Parents should supervise children’s chemoprophylaxis, as some regimens can be
difficult even for adults to follow.
Parents must be cautious not to exceed maximum recommended doses, since
antimalarials can be particularly toxic to children.
Please read the entire book, though, as there is much more to be said!
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the best prevention is of course not to get bitten at all, in an 8 month trip to several asian countries including India a couple of years back my wife and i managed to restrict bites to about 1 a month.
with an 8 month old child i would be very confident of avoiding the nighttime mosquito completely by taking precautions. the number 1 being a net or even a net within a net.

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