Signs, Symptoms of malaria in children

Signs, Symptoms of malaria in children


The Common signs and symptoms of malaria in children are as follows.


Fever can occur due to a number of reasons but the fever in case of malaria is somewhat distinct.  If your child has been bitten by a mosquito and few days later you observe fever in your child, look for specific things.

Fever caused by malaria is marked by shivering. Your child will feel cold and shiver uncontrollably. They will want blankets to cover themselves; the feeling of cold is so intense.


Drowsiness and Irritability

If you see your kid being drowsy and irritable it is a good idea to take them to the doctor. You never know what disease is causing it.

However, if your child has fever and drowsiness and irritability, it might be malaria. Many other possibilities are also possible, so it is best to take them to the pediatrician and get them tested.



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A child afflicted by malaria is likely to vomit a lot. The disease when it spreads affects almost every part of a child’s body.

Children are unable to thwart the progress of the virus. Kids are most likely going to lose all their appetite. When afflicted by malaria your kid will refuse to eat anything and complain of feeling nauseous.

In spite of not eating anything, children keep vomiting.

Vomiting if it occurs along with fever is a prime sign of malaria. Immediately take your child to the doctor to get tested.

Delay can be harmful to the child. Not able to eat and vomiting can seriously affect the health of your child. Your child will be in pain because of constant vomiting of bile; as their stomachs are empty.


Body Aches

This comes coupled with the fever. Along with feeling of cold and shivering, your child might complain of body aches.

Malaria affects the muscular and nervous system of children. This causes the bodies of children to ache. If your child twitches and their face contorts; know that they are experiencing body pain. This is a prominent sign of malaria.



Some kids can even have hypothermia instead of fever and chills. Different kids show different symptoms and hypothermia is a variation on fever.

Hypothermia is a condition where the child’s body temperature falls far below normal. It falls below the optimum 35 degrees centigrade.

If your child’s skin feels too cold to the touch, it is likely a case of hypothermia.

Mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water. So, make sure that you keep your surroundings clean and do not allow water to stagnate around your house.

Malaria is one of the common illnesses which affect kids in monsoons. So, lot of care must be taken during this season.

Parents must make their kids sleep in mosquito nets and use safe repellants prescribed by a pediatrician to prevent children from getting the disease.

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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