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Do’s And Don’ts Of Dengue Fever Treatment

35,422 dengue cases have been reported in India in the first 9 months of 2015 of which 64 caused death. Of these 5,982 cases and 17 deaths are claimed by Delhi alone and is the highest in the country.These are the numbers only for the cases that were officially detected and reported to the government, the actual numbers are bound to be much higher. One of the major reasons for it is lack of awareness about the disease itself and its treatment.

 That being sad, if you are one of those unlucky ones, who’s child has been diagnosed with dengue or have someone in their family that is diagnosed with it, here are some do’s and don’t’s for dengue fever treatment to help you.


  1. Dengue fever causes dehydration due to loss of plasma, it is therefore imperative that the patient be kept well hydrated with fluids. Make sure that the child drinks adequate fruit juice and fluids.
  2. Dengue causes weakness in the body. Make sure that the little one eats light but nutritious food to help the body recover faster. Make sure the child eats and drinks at regular intervals and is monitored continuously.
  3. Dengue causes body pain. Ensure that the child is given only doctor prescribed medication for the body pain. Light massages might help relieve the pain a little.
  4. Dengue causes bouts of chills, fever and sweating. Use only doctor prescribed paracetamol to counter the fever.
  5. Dengue spreads through mosquito bites. Keep the patient safe from mosquito bites so that dengue doesn’t spread any further. Use appropriate mosquito repellents for the patients and the people around them.
  6. Get a proper blood test done to ensure that treatment is being provided for the correct diagnosis.
  7. Monitor the kids to keep a check on the symptoms. If the symptoms escalate, its best to get the patient admitted to a nearby hospital or clinic.
  8. Lots of cuddling, hugs and kisses for the little ones work wonders for dengue fever treatment.


  1. Do not self-medicate, let the good doctors do their work. Self-medication may lead to complications for a dengue patient, especially if it’s a child
  2. Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin as they might result in internal bleeding in dengue patients.
  3. Do not let the patient be bit by mosquitoes as it will help spread dengue even further.
  4. Do not leave medication mid-way through the course.
  5. Do not eat heavy food that takes more energy to be digested. It causes strain on the body thus increasing recovery time.
  6. Do not believe everything you read online and try to experiment with the ongoing treatment.

While dengue is dangerous, it can be treated if caught in time and treated for. When it comes to kids, it might be easy to miss the symptoms as being that of dengue since they are similar to that of flu. Be vigilant about the tiny tot’s activities throughout the day to ensure a healthy and disease-free childhood when growing up. Dengue or no dengue growing up is not an adult’s play.

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