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Dengue Fever in India- What mommies need to know

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Concerned about Dengue Fever for your kids check these early Signs, Symptoms & Effective Treatments...

Dengue (DEN-gee) fever is a tropical disease caused by a virus 
carried by mosquitoes. Typically known as the Aedus Mosquito 

What Causes Dengue Fever and what is the fuss?

Dengue fever is caused when an Aedes mosquito bites an individual. These Aedus mosquitoes originated in Africa and are found in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. India being a tropical country many cases of Dengue are observed in the county.

How does it spread?

The Aedes mosquito is a carrier of the dengue virus while this fever can’t spread directly from person to person. When an Aedes mosquito bites a person who has been infected with a dengue virus, the mosquito can become a carrier of the virus. If this mosquito bites someone else, that person can be infected with dengue fever.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Dengue Fever?

Common signs and symptoms of Dengue Fever include:

  • High fever, possibly as high as 105°F (40°C)
  • Pain behind the eyes and in the joints, muscles and/or bones
  • A severe headache
  • Rashes
  • Mild bleeding and bruising

Is it deadly?

Severe Dengue also known as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever is a potentially deadly complication.

What is the deal with Pregnant Ladies getting Dengue?

Dengue is especially dangerous for pregnant women because they can transmit the virus to their baby during pregnancy or during birth. This may result in stillbirth, low birth weight, or premature birth.

What about Children getting the fever?

Dengue can be really fatal in small babies and can lead to death as the immunity during birth is really low. Children with Dengue also experience similar symptoms as the adults.

How Long Does Dengue Fever Last?

Symptoms can start anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and typically last for 2 to 7 days.

How Is Dengue Fever Diagnosed?

If you think your child might have dengue fever, call a doctor right away. You should also call a doctor if your child has recently been to a region that has dengue fever and has a fever or a severe headache.To make a diagnosis, the doctor will examine your child and evaluate the symptoms. The doctor will ask about your child’s medical history and recent travels, and send a blood sample for testing.

How  Is Dengue Fever Treated?

No specific treatment is available for dengue fever. Mild cases are managed with lots of fluids to prevent dehydration and getting plenty of rest. Most cases of dengue fever go away within a week or two and won’t cause any lasting problems.

In all cases of dengue infection, efforts should be made to keep the infected person from being bitten by mosquitoes. This will help prevent the illness from spreading to others.

Can Dengue Fever Be Prevented?

There’s no vaccine to prevent dengue fever. The best protection is to prevent bites by an infected mosquito. Be sure to:

  • Use screens/nets on doors and windows and close all the doors and windows without nets post 5 pm in the evening.
  • Have kids wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, shoes, and socks when they go outside
  • Use Goodknight fabric roll on, patches or cool gel which are 100% Natural have an 8-hour protection and are certified as baby safe by the Paediatrician and can even be used on babies. 
  • Limit the number of time kids spend outside during the hours of dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Don’t give mosquitoes places to breed. They lay their eggs in water, so get rid of standing water in things like containers and discarded tires, and be sure to change the water in birdbaths, dog bowls, and flower vases at least once a week.

By taking these precautions and keeping your kids away from areas that have a dengue fever epidemic, the risk of contracting dengue fever is small for international travellers.

 

By Dr Snehal Sakpal

Advisor – www.SuperMOMMitali.com

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