Protect your Kids From Seasonal Diseases

September 24, 2016

Seasonal infections range from childhood diseases such as chickenpox, diphtheria, measles, to faecal-oral infection, cholera and rotavirus, and many other vector-borne diseases.

INDIA and several other parts of the ASIA are in the grip of Chikangunya and dengue, so it is imperative to know the reasons for these deadly seasonal diseases and how you can save your kids from them.

Chikangunya among children

Chikangunya is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes, which result in a sudden high fever and acute joint pain.

Chikangunya signs and symptoms among the kids

Severe headaches, fever, chills, vomiting or nausea, joint pain, rashes on the skin and diarrhoea are the common symptoms of Chikangunya in kids. Usually, symptoms are visible in 3 to 5 days, after the kids get infected. And these symptoms last for 7 days. But tiredness and joint pain can last for several weeks or months.

Dengue

Dengue is also a viral infection and commuted through mosquitoes. Its symptoms are painful fever and it is caused by the dengue viruses. DHF (Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever) and dengue shock syndrome are the most severe form of the disease.

Sign and symptoms of dengue in kids

Among kids, it starts with a running nose, viral fever, mild rashes on the skin and cough. Apart from these, the other symptoms of the malady among children are joint aches, temperature up to 105.8 degree Celsius, frequent chills and headaches, white and red patchy rash or mild rashes on the body, cold and cough or flu-like condition.

Dengue Treatment for Kids

There is no specific treatment for the malady, and usually, it resolves on its own. Hospitalization is required in case it is severe. Doctors monitor the blood count and blood pressure at regular intervals. For a better treatment of dengue fever and prevention of dehydration among children, it is imperative that they should have proper rest.

Precautionary Measures to prevent Dengue and Chikangunya among kids

Children are not mature enough to take the precautions against any diseases. So, it is the responsibility of the parents to protect their kids from being infected.

Parents should make their kids wear long-sleeved clothes, especially when they are moving out of the house or while sleeping. Dark colour clothes attract mosquitoes so the clothes should be preferably of light colour only. Wire meshes can be installed to prevent the entry of mosquitoes into the house and if for any reasons it is not possible then mosquito nets can be used. It is hard for mosquitos to thrive in cold, so you can try to keep your kids in cool or air conditioned areas.

It is advisable to visit the doctor if your child has these symptoms. Altogether, precaution is always better than cure, so you must maintain good hygiene and try to keep your surroundings clean so that these diseases do not spread and affect our children.

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