As well as taking Malarone Paediatric, it is essential that you also take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
- Use insect repellent on exposed areas of the skin
- Wear light-coloured clothing that covers most of the body, especially after sunset as this is the time when mosquitoes are most active
- Sleep in a screened room or under a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide
- Close windows and doors at sunset, if they are not screened
- Consider using an insecticide (mats, spray, plug-ins) to clear a room of insects or to deter mosquitoes from entering the room.
The recommended dose is as follows:
Child (body-weight 11–20 kg) 1 tablet once daily, to be started 1–2 days before entering endemic area and continued for 1 week after leaving.
Child (body-weight 21–30 kg) 2 tablets once daily, to be started 1–2 days before entering endemic area and continued for 1 week after leaving.
Child (body-weight 31–40 kg) 3 tablets once daily, to be started 1–2 days before entering endemic area and continued for 1 week after leaving.
Child (body-weight above 40 kg) Use 250 mg/100 mg tablets.
Tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water, milk or juice. Your child should not chew the tablets. You can crush the tablet and mix it with a small amount of soft food such as yogurt, honey or jam. Make sure your child swallows it all straight away.
Your child should have a milky drink or some food when they take Malarone. This will help it to be absorbed from the stomach more quickly, and may help to prevent your child feeling sick (nausea).
If your child weighs less than 10kg please phone The Family Chemist clinician for advice.
If your child is sick (vomits) For preventing malaria:
- if your child is sick (vomits) within 1 hour of taking Malarone Paediatric, give another dose.
- it is important to take the full course of Malarone Paediatric. If your child has to take extra tablets due to sickness, they may need another prescription.
- if your child has been vomiting, it is especially important to use extra protection, such as repellents and bednets. Malarone Paediatric may not be as effective, as the amount absorbed will be reduced.