Dengue season: Steps to stay safe!
Once again we are in that time of the year when the Dengue disease raises its ugly head and affects many children and adults. Unfortunately, many cases are being reported this year too. Understandably it causes panic in the public; however, a few steps to prevention and few precautions taken when your child gets fever will help us defeat the dengue virus.
Dengue Fever Prevention:
How can we prevent dengue?
Dengue spreads via Aedes mosquito bite. The simplest step to stay safe is to ensure that mosquitoes do not breed in your home and surroundings. Especially check for containers with stagnant water.
- Keep your wet garbage separate and throw in a wet bin (which is kept covered).
- Ensure mosquito-proof doors and windows (nets) are kept closed, especially during dawn and dusk.
- Use mosquito repellents (spray in the dark corners like under the bed, behind the curtains, etc).
- Do not let your infant/ toddler play in the dark areas like behind the curtain, under the beds, etc.
- Use mosquito nets for the little ones especially when they are sleeping during dawn and dusk. This is the time when the mosquitoes causing dengue usually bites.
- Wear light coloured, full clothes while going outside during dawn and dusk.
- If any family member develops fever he/ she should rest in a screened or air-conditioned room or under a bed net till fever lasts.
Dengue Fever Symptoms:
Is my child suffering from dengue fever?
Dengue usually causes high-grade fever associated with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Eye pain (typically behind the eyes)
- Muscle, joint, or bone pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Dengue Fever Treatment:
What to do if my child has fever?
- Don’t ignore any fever in the little ones, especially fever with body aches/ any bleeding.
- Do not panic, dengue in large majority does not cause severe disease.
- Strictly avoid taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen, diclofenac, etc for fever unless directed by your doctor. Give only paracetamol for fever (in appropriate doses).
- Give plenty of oral fluids.
- Consult your Pediatrician immediately if your child develops these symptoms in addition to fever:
- Bleeding from any site
- Recurrent vomiting
- Not accepting well orally
- Pain in the abdomen
- Decreased urination
- Becomes lethargic/ excessive sleepiness
- Breathing difficulty
It is important to note that some of these symptoms may occur after fever has subsided. Parents MUST be vigilant for 3 days after the fever has subsided.
Is any vaccine available for dengue?
- As of now, there is no effective vaccine against dengue.
Is platelet transfusion the treatment of dengue?
- No, platelet transfusion is required only in a small proportion of patients.
Stay safe, stay informed!
Dr Sandhya Soneja
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