J Pediatr Infect Dis 2017; 12(04): 264-270
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603497
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Nanotechnology-Based Approaches in Pediatric Parasitic Infections

Muhammad Nawaz
Department of Nano-Medicine Research, Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Publication History

07 November 2016

12 January 2017

Publication Date:
07 June 2017 (eFirst)

Abstract

Nanotechnology is getting more importance in pharmaceutical chemistry and has a significant role in enabling the drugs in targeting specific cells and tissues. Dose administration and formulation of drugs for pediatric patients remain a challenge; an ideal pediatric formulation must be in an appropriate dosage form that can be handled by the pediatric patients. Drug pharmacokinetics in children differs from the adults and also differs in toxicity and side effects. Therefore, treatment of diseases in pediatric patients cannot be simplified just to adjust the body weight or using measures such as cutting pills in half. In this regard, application of innovative techniques such as nanotechnology in the pediatric population is receiving enormous attention. This study discussed the application of nanotechnology for the treatment of malaria, leishmaniasis, toxoplasmosis, and schistosomiasis in pediatric patients.