Dengue in children – Early symptoms and treatment

by Suditsha Sanyal 

Dengue in children is on the rise. Here are early symptoms and treatments to keep your kids safe. 

The earthy smell arising from the ground, lush green environs, cloudy skies, cool breeze, and a cosy rainy day with lovely mouth-watering snacks and indoor games is all that we look forward to after a long spell of dry and hot summer. However, with all these goodies, the monsoon comes with its own set of perils lurking around.

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The sudden seasonal changes, the humid atmosphere clubbed with waterlogging due to incessant rain and inadequate sunlight create a perfect breeding place for mosquitoes and deadly viruses. Moreover, the constant variation in the weather makes us even more susceptible to all these monsoon maladies.

As compared to adults, children are more prone to it, owing to their underdeveloped immune system. Hence, with kids around it is doubly important to take the necessary precautions and preventive steps.

There is a whole array of mosquito-borne diseases that children can fall victim to if proper precaution is not taken. Among them, the most prevalent ailments are Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis and Zika.

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While the range of severity of a particular disease may vary, there are precautions and measures that one can take to safeguard against falling prey to these diseases. After all, a wise man once said, prevention is always better than cure!

Mosquito-borne diseases, sometimes also referred to as vector-borne diseases, get transmitted through mosquito bites and can be averted to a large extent. Most common amongst these is Dengue fever and alarmingly, there has been an upsurge in the number of cases of this disease recently.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the basic tip is to empty, cover or treat any items that hold water, such as coolers, buckets, and water tanks. Remove unused tires and containers that may hold water in places that are hard to see, such as under bushes and flower pots. Always close doors and windows before evening to bar the entry of mosquitoes. Children should wear full sleeves clothes so that they are fully covered. Use strong mosquito repellents like Good knight Activ+, which even comes with a 2x power mode, for indoor protection and use them even during daytime as dengue spreading mosquitoes bite in the daytime. Therefore it becomes very important that while you or your kids are stepping outside you have to use a personal mosquito repellent like Good knight Fabric Roll-On, just apply 4 dots on your clothes and you are good to go.

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It is also very important to know the symptoms of Chikungunya and dengue fever so that they don’t remain undiagnosed. Most of these diseases have fairly the same symptoms like fever, skin rashes, joint pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and red eyes. The core treatment of these diseases is also pretty much the same – rest, intake of fluids in plenty and avoiding medicines like aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

On a parting note, let your child enjoy the monsoons, but practice a little bit of caution. It will save you from a lot of agony and anxiety later.

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