Dengue has been on the rise in India since the last 5-6 years. Children are most vulnerable to this disease not only because they have a weaker immune system but also because the dengue -spreading mosquitoes bite during the day while most of us adults are indoors (either at home or office) and our children are in school, either playing, having lunch at school grounds etc. As soon as they come home and rest for a while, it’s time for their evening playtime!
Hence it is important for us to understand how we can prevent diseases like dengue and chikungunya, especially in children.
We suggest you learn more about dengue before you proceed on learning preventive techniques, symptoms and treatment.
We have previously published an article on 5 ways to prevent dengue amongst children; make sure you read that as well.
To explain in short, below are a few must-dos to prevent dengue:
How Does Dengue Fever Affect Children?
Some people get infected with dengue virus without showing any symptoms, in babies and young children symptoms are often mild.
Dengue Fever Symptoms In Infants And Toddlers:
Dengue Fever Symptoms In Older Children Include:
The symptoms are mostly shown 8-10 days after a person is bitten by infected Aedes mosquito, during this time a child may show:
What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Child Has Dengue?
Please visit your pediatrician or general physician, most doctors prescribe a blood test to check for the presence of any of the dengue viruses. Generally, dengue resolves on its own and there are no specific medicines to treat dengue but hospitalization may be required in severe cases.
Please ensure you take following precautions: