Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is caused by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is also known as break-bone fever and generally spreads in the monsoon season in warm and humid weather. Also, the dengue mosquitoes are usually active during the day. However, please note that the dengue infection can infect anyone, both child and adult.
The most common symptoms of Dengue infection are
Unfortunately, there is no specific vaccine available against Dengue; therefore, it is essential to protect yourself and your children from this deadly infection by adopting some preventive measures to keep the environment safe at home.
Essential measures to prevent Dengue at home
Destroy mosquito habitat
The most crucial step towards preventing Dengue at home is to suppress mosquito breeding places. The mosquitoes are responsible for Dengue breed in standing water such as buckets, flowerpots, water tanks, air coolers etc. Therefore, you must always empty any such stagnant water sources not allowing to breed these mosquitoes. Moreover, never let wet waste accumulate near your home and keep your surroundings clean to reduce the risk of mosquitoes. So, keep a regular check for moist areas in your home.
Very few people know that mosquito-repelling plants expel natural gases. Therefore, plant mosquito-repelling plants like tulsi, eucalyptus, lemongrass, neem etc., at your home. You may keep these plants close to your window as their properties prevent mosquitoes from entering your house.
Spray pesticides or use camphor
To prevent getting infected by Dengue at home, develop a habit of spraying pest spray every alternate day at your home. However, if you are allergic to chemicals, you can use camphor as one of the alternatives to mosquito repellent. You need to shut all the doors and windows at home and light the camphor for about 20-25 minutes. Camphor smoke can kill pests that spread diseases. With the use of camphor, you can kill dengue mosquitoes and even destroy their unhatched eggs.
Tips to protect children from Dengue fever
As children usually play outdoors hence, they are more prone to Dengue fever because of mosquito bites. Therefore, it is essential to take the necessary precautions to protect your kids from dengue mosquito bites. Here are some tips.
Use the right mosquito repellent.
For babies above the age of two months, you can use repellents with active ingredients such as DEET up to 30 per cent. However, ensure that the repellents are made with a delicate formula and gentle on the baby’s skin. These repellents should be proven safe and effective against mosquito bites. However, it would be best if you used these repellents only as directed by the doctors.
Include immunity-boosting food in your kids’ diet
Surprisingly, a strong immunity also ensures strength to fight against Dengue fever. Therefore, serve your children immunity-boosting foods. You may include broccoli, turmeric, yoghurt, ginger, garlic, spinach, citrus foods and almonds. Also, give plenty of fluids to your children. A nutritionally-balanced diet will make children capable of fighting against the Dengue virus.
Wear protective or fully-covered clothes
Wear your children wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts and pants. This will minimize the area of their exposed skin. You can even apply permethrin (medication and insecticide) to their clothing, shoes and even bed netting so that mosquitoes breeding around them is eliminated or minimized.
Stay in well-screened housing or use a mosquito net
This is the most straightforward measure you can adopt to protect your children from Dengue. You need to keep your surroundings clean to eliminate the breeding of mosquitoes around your children. It would help if you made your children sleep under a properly sealed mosquito net bed.
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