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Malaria precautions for toddlers & during pregnancy

Unread post by goatia » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:10 pm

We hope to visit KNP mid-November (first visit!). We will have our 20-month old (30lb/13+kg) with us. If we do visit, the precautions we plan to use include: malarone (Rx by travel doc in the US), pre-treated clothing, keep him indoors and all windows closed dusk on, slather bug lotion/ultrathon (reapply after perspiration and randomly throughout day), burn coils at the door, and and have him under a treated net for the night. We will get a bungalow with private bath and plan to keep the entire family in after dusk (any recommendations, there are so many options to sort through). We will only do self-drives.

Do you think those are enough precautions at Skukuza that time of year? While KNP sounds incredible and I am assuming this will be a once-in-a-lifetime journey, I'm wondering if we should scrap the entire idea and holiday at Pilanesberg instead. With taking all of the above precautions my understanding is that the risk would be low, but all it would take is one bite from one infected mosquito to head down a very scary path.

I would love to hear from folks on this!

Thanks kindly in advance!

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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by tiggercat » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:37 pm

A VERY WARM WELCOME to the forum family Goatia :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

I think your precautions sound to the max safe .... your babe will be just fine with doing all that you have planned and he/she will be at an awesome age to start learing about all the different animals etc in the park .......

hope you and your family have a FANTASTIC first visit, and will be the first of MANY MORE to come ,,,,

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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by Stark » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:10 pm

I agree with tiggercat and think you've taken about every possible precaution available. Don't cancel for fear of malaria! (my personal opinion)

I only say this because, while you are in a malarial zone, it isn't like malaria is rampant. I'd hate to think you missing out on the camp after dark. Use bug spray/coils and light a nice fire. Simply take precautions and enjoy your trip.

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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:43 am

Sounds like a wise approach!

Just to mention that we were one of the families who took our child regularly to KNP since approx. 6 months of age. That is many years ago already!

Dusk and an hour before is your priority time.

Pilanesberg ... nice ... but not in the same league as KNP!
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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by saraf » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:44 am

Wearing long-sleeved tops and long trousers is also recommended, if you do go out after dark.

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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by JDW » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:48 pm

If you still have concerns regarding your childs health consider going to non malaria parks between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Bontibok, Knysnia, Storm River and Addo are very good and a lot less crowded that KNP.
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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by goatia » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:33 am

Thanks everyone, your responses and some additional research has put this Mama bear at ease.

Booked three nights at Skukuza, what fun! Now off to plan the rest of the trip...

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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by Dabchick » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:19 am

Hi goatia!

I can add just one thing to your safety plans for your toddler (and yourself): sunscreen! with a high SPF - the sun is HOT in the Lowveld at that time of year....

Enjoy the trip :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mid-Nov. with toddler

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:26 am

Goatia, good advice from Dabchick. I would even go so far as suggesting that you try to get a special swimsuit that blocks out as many UV rays as possible. The sun can be very fierce. I actually have one for myself... of course that's more to hide the signs of gravity :wink:

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Malaria & Pregnancy

Unread post by LizelleB » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:12 am

I believe that pregnant woman are especially at risk for Malaria. Can anyone provide any advice as to how a pregnant woman can protect herself (and obviously, baby) when visiting the Kruger?


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Re: Malaria & Pregnancy

Unread post by Scipio » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:16 am

Lizelle, I would say Stay Away. :?

When Pregnant, malaria prophylactics are not good at all, but if you do go to Kruger, repellants etc. is the best method.. Also if a pregnant woman does get Malaria Panado's is about the best they can do. But I am no Physician, :wink:

Then again, there are millions of people staying in Malaria area's with no problems.

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Re: Malaria & Pregnancy

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:58 am

Yep! Only advice possible is: visit your doctor!
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Re: Malaria & Pregnancy

Unread post by DrPhil » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:02 pm

Don't get bitten.....

With enough (or should I say the correct) repellents it is possible not to get bitten even in Moz where the mosquitoes hover like army choppers waiting to strike. :sniper:

If you go into malaria zones make sure to check the toilet bowl as they like to hang around the water..... :big_eyes:
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Re: Malaria & Pregnancy

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:53 pm

And the showers.

In fact be very aware in the whole bathroom area.
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Malaria risk in August/September

Unread post by MNEL » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:45 am

Hi, we are thinking of visiting the park in August/September and by that time my baby would be 3 months old. What is the Malaria risks and would there be any region of the park consider safer? We have been to the park several times before (in all seasons) and have never taken any malaria precautions other than typical repellants i.e. Tabbard.

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