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Has anyone given anti-malaria (Lariam) pills to kids while travelling to India?

Discussion in 'Toddlers' started by nn23, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. nn23

    nn23 New IL'ite

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    We are making a trip to India soon and the Passport Health said that it will be good to give Lariam to my 2-yr old as a prevention against Malaria.

    Has anyone used this?- we will be travelling to Bombay, B'lore, Kerala and punjab as well, so quite a lot :)

    TIA!
     
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  2. Pavarun

    Pavarun Silver IL'ite

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    I have used the anti-malarial when I travelled to India with my almost-2 year old. My ped suggested that I visit a travel medicine clinic, since my son was about a month short of 2, so the travel medicine clinic gave me the prescription. It is a quarter tablet once a week to be taken every week and about 4 weeks after you come back I think.

    I too was travelling a lot and some of the places were notorious for mosquitoes, so I wanted to take the precaution.
     
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    Thanks! yes thats the dosage they told me 2....just wanted to make sure its safe to give & doesnt have major side effects :)
     
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    gokusha IL Hall of Fame

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    HI,

    I recently returned from India just 10days back. Its raining over there, so its better to give anti-malarial medicine as per doctor suggestion.

    I gave my 2yr kid everyweek quater tablet as per her pedi's pres.

    Happy journey.
     
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    My son was 10 months, but tall and wellbuilt for his age, when we travelled, Our ped referred us to the travel clinic as well. Everything was so expensive! However, I stopped the larium when DS had a stomach infection and non stop diarrhoea for the entire 6 weeks we were there. He lost weight and was gaunt and I was not going to add to the strain on his tummy. I told the ped about it only when we got back and the doc was okay with that. I will probably do the larium pills next time we go, we will see.
     

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