Malaria in babies is a greater cause for concern than the same to adults. In particular, children below five years of age are at an increased risk of severe complications. Timely treatment is of essence in preventing the symptoms from turning worse. Malaria symptoms in babies should be identified as early as possible to facilitate in timely treatment. What makes early diagnosis more important in babies is that the common anti-malarial drugs are not safe for them.
The P. falciparum parasite, one of the five parasites that cause malaria, can affect the central nervous system of the infants too. Some babies even experience convulsions and seizures, and lose consciousness in some cases.
Children older than 5 years usually experience symptoms similar to adults like cold, high fever, chills, shivering and then the next stage of the fever in which the fever reaches its highest and leaves skin hot and dry. This is generally followed by sweating which has the effect of cooling the body down. The child can also have headaches and niggling pain all over his body.
You need to contact your doctor immediately in case your child shows these symptoms of malaria. It is especially important as malaria symptoms in babies can be much similar to those of viral fever, flu and also dengue or chikungunya.
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