Is your child suffering from dengue?

Know the symptoms of the illness so that you can get the right dengue treatment in time.

Is your child complaining of fever and pain? It might be the flu, or it might be something worse, like dengue.

What is dengue?

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that is incubated in the body after a bite from an infected Aedes Anopheles mosquito. The virus causing the illness is closely related to the family of viruses that also cause yellow fever and other vector borne infections. Though dengue may occur anywhere in the world, it is most common in Africa, South East Asia and India.

Dengue causes high fever and extreme body pain, punctuated with severe headache, nausea, inability to swallow food, pain when blinking or moving the eyes, vomiting, apathy and a light rash on the skin (after the fever has set in). The virus incubates in the system for about four to five days after the mosquito bite, and the symptoms become apparent thereafter.

Dengue’s effects on children

Though dengue exhibits the same symptoms in children as it does in adults, children require a slightly different treatment plan. Most children do not present the body pain that adults do. Instead, they will exhibit a runny nose, heavy or painful head, and mild bleeding from the nose and gums.

Dengue treatment in children involves mild sedation to help them cope with the fever and other symptoms, fever controlling drugs, drinking fresh fruit juice and water, and sleeping off the illness. Keeping the child hydrated during fever is the most important step in dengue treatment in children. The intake of water and fresh fruit juice can keep the body temperature down and prevent dehydration when the fever peaks.

Time is of the essence in dengue treatment in children. They have a lower immunity than adults, and may not always be able to articulate their symptoms. Delay in getting treatment may result in the illness attacking the major organs of the body, drastically reducing the blood pressure and causing respiratory distress. You might suspect that they have the flu, but a blood test can confirm if your child is suffering from dengue or another vector-borne illness.

Prevention against dengue

There is no known cure for dengue yet. Hence, it can only be treated by controlling its symptoms and giving the body enough time to build resistance to it. The good news is that if you get dengue once, the system creates a resistive barrier to it so you may not suffer from it again.

Given the lack of a medical cure for the illness, dengue should be prevented at all costs. This can be done by spraying the house with Mortein mosquito killer spray to kill lurking mosquitoes. Ensure that your child’s bed is covered with netting, and that the Mortein electric plug in repellent is switched on in their bedroom every night.

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