You should Know this to protect your child from Dengue
With no vaccine available for Dengue, it can be scary if your child gets the dengue fever. Dengue is most common in tropical areas and caused when bitten by an infected ‘Aedes’ mosquito. This disease is common but may cause severe exhaustion. Warm and humid climate cater a perfect breeding environment to the ‘Aedes’ mosquito. Studies have shown that the most common site of mosquito breeding is stagnant water, therefore the instance of dengue soars during monsoon.
Since it’s the environment that is conducive for the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes, the key is to snatch that away. If you are living or travelling in tropical areas, especially during monsoons, your best bet is not to let the mosquitoes bite you.
Causes of Dengue Fever
When a mosquito carrying dengue fever virus bites a healthy human, the virus travels in the blood stream and then starts multiplying itself in the whole body. Dengue fever is not contagious, which means one person cannot pass it directly to another.
Dengue fever is also a type of arbovirus, which is short for arthropod-borne virus. The main virus causing dengue fever is carried by a mosquito named “Aedes aegypti” which transmits the virus to humans through its bite. An organism that carries a disease, without actually developing the disease itself, is called a vector. Aedes aegypti works as a vector for transmitting the disease.
An another cause for dengue fever is a virus name flaviviruses. More than 100 million cases of dengue fever occur every year in a whole world. A little bit percent of these develop into dengue hemorrhagic fever. It is possible for a traveler who has returned to the United States to pass the infection to someone who has not traveled. Risk factors for dengue hemorrhagic fever include having antibodies to dengue virus from prior infection and being younger than 12, female, or Caucasian.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
The symptom of dengue fever is generally seen in around three days after transition of virus to humans through mosquitoes bite and after that patient starts feeling very weak. Dengue fever, however, is not a fatal disease.
Dengue fever may vary on an individual basis for each patient. One should always remember before looking for treatment that over-medication in dengue fever is likely to lead to further complications and sometimes it may also turn slight serious. A mild attack of the fever may pass off without having to administer any medicine.
On observing symptoms such as fever, body rash or muscle/joint pain, you should already be confirming an appointment with the pediatrician. Once dengue is confirmed, the doctor may prescribe paracetamol to take care of the fever. However with babies, be extra cautious – no overdose – no missed doses. If you find that the symptoms are not subsiding, then take your child to the pediatrician.