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Parent Wars 101- What Is Dengue Fever & Its Causes

Rain, rain go away,
Come again another day.
Rain, rain go away,
Little Johnny wants to play.

While this rhyme may mean asking rains to come on another day, but the fact is no kid would want that. Monsoon and rains—these words are enough to delight up those innocent faces and twinkling eyes. And why only the kids, monsoons are loved and enjoyed by people of all age groups including the parents.

However, with monsoons, also come the worries of parents who are constantly at war with seasonal flu, cough and cold and mosquitoes, so as to save their child with these enemies. We are sure that you are also grappling with such fears. So, we are at your service, parents!

Ouch…that mosquito

While monsoons may mean rains and joy, they are also synonymous with the tiny black coloured blood-sucking mosquitoes and the various diseases caused by them. Dengue fever is one among them. Let’s delve deep and find out everything about this enemy to guard your ways or ward it off completely from even nearing your kid.

All you need to know

  • Enemy: Dengue fever (viral infection)
  • Carrier: There are four Dengue viruses, all of which are spread by a species of mosquito known as the Aedes aegypti Mosquito. When it bites a person who has been infected with the dengue virus, the mosquito can become a carrier of the virus. If this mosquito bites someone else, that person is infected with dengue fever. Thus, it is not a communicable disease and don’t spread directly from person to person.
  • Attack time: Monsoons and  post monsoon season
  • Breeding grounds: Stagnant water, potholes and puddles of dirty water on the streets etc., after the rains
  • The vital signs: Sudden fever, severe headache particularly in forehead, body aches, painful eyes, joint pain, rashes, nausea and vomiting. However, many kids don't have these symptoms or others have mild symptoms that appear anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • Vaccination: It is being developed but not out in the markets
  • Danger level: Most cases of dengue fever are mild and go away on their own after about a week. However, in rare cases, it can lead to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), which can be life-threatening.

 

  • Precautionary measures: 
    1. Wearing mosquito repellent creams and lotions on exposed skin
    2. Covering sleeping areas with net
    3. The mosquito generally bites below the knee. So, making sure that children wear clothes that cover their arms, legs and feet completely
    4. Avoiding playing outdoors at dusk and dawn (when these mosquitoes are most active)

 

  • Collateral damage: Leave from school, missing exams, tests and playing time and mood disorders.

 

So, gear up parents, your tiny tot’s health might be at risk, this rainy season. Prevention is always better than cure. However, even if you see the symptoms of dengue, don’t panic and visit your nearest doctor. They will be able to bring back the smiles on your young ones’ faces. 

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