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Kids- Greater Risk of Dengue Infection

What is Dengue? Dengue is a viral illness spread through mosquito bites. The primary vectors that transmit the disease are Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus.


And rainy seasons are the perfect time for mosquitoes for breeding. This should make us more cautious as DENGUE, sadly, gathered children's lives in the past years.


Symptoms of Dengue


Dengue fever is characterized by the following signs and symptoms:

  • high fever, possibly as high as 105°F (40°C)

  • pain behind the eyes and in the joints, muscles, and/or bones

  • severe headache

  • a rash over most of the body

  • mild bleeding from the nose or gums

  • bruising easily

Dengue fever was once known as "breakbone fever," which may give you an idea of the extreme bone and muscular agony it can cause. Although the fever isn't actually breaking any bones, it can feel like it.


Why Kids are Prone to Dengue?


Since their immune systems not fully developed and strengthened, they are more in contact with the pathogen as a result of their outside activities, etc.


Mosquito like to choose children mostly sleeps in day time and they find it easy to bite them


As a parent. we must ensure our kids wear full-sleeved clothes/ light colors, use mosquito repellant, maintain good personal hygiene and avoid stagnation of water to stop the breeding of the mosquitos.



Prevent Dengue


Mosquito bite prevention remains a critical safeguard. Make certain to do the following:


1. Water containers should be covered and cleaned on a regular basis. Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in standing water, so common household items like pet water containers, planter dishes, and flower vases can serve as breeding grounds.

2. Keep your home nice and clean. Old tires and other storage containers with water inside should not be left outside or inside the house since they may harbor mosquitoes and their eggs.

3. Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants inside and outside the house, especially if a dengue outbreak is suspected in your neighborhood. Use light colors clothes instead of black.

4. Invest in a mosquito net to keep you safe from insect bites while you sleep. To achieve the best protection, make sure there are no holes and that it is completely sealed.

5. To keep mosquitoes out of your house, consider installing screens on your windows and doors.

6. Purchase mosquito repellent that is both effective and safe to use inside your house. Mosquito coils can help, but use them with caution and keep them out of reach of youngsters.

7. Waste should be appropriately disposed of. Use closed garbage cans and take out your trash on a regular basis if at all possible. Keeping your trash separated may help keep insects out of your home.

8. Apply mosquito repellent to your entire body, especially during the rainy season or if you anticipate being exposed to insects. Before using any product on minors, seek medical advice.

9. Although dengue fever is not transmitted from person to person, mosquitos can become infected after biting a person who has the disease. As a result of this cycle, the infected mosquito might spread dengue fever throughout your home.


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