National Dengue Day 2024: Keep Your Child Safe From Dengue This Monsoon

When the monsoon season arrives, so does the increased risk of illnesses like dengue, which are spread by mosquitoes. Standing water from rain creates perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, leading to more dengue cases during this time.

Dengue is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, and millions of people worldwide are affected by this disease, with children being particularly vulnerable.

Symptoms of dengue fever include- High fever,Severe headache, Rash, Fatigue, Joint and muscle pain etc.

Dengue can also develop into a more severe form known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal, especially in young children. Therefore, it’s crucial to take steps to protect kids from this dangerous disease.

Mosquitoes that carry dengue breed in stagnant water. Regularly check and clean potential breeding spots like flower pots, buckets, and old tires. Ensure gutters are clear and well-drained to prevent water accumulation.

1. Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds

Dress your child in long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes, especially during peak mosquito activity times—early morning and late afternoon. Light-colored clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes and helps keep them at bay.

2. Wear Long Sleeves and Light-Colored Clothes

Use insect repellents on exposed skin to reduce mosquito bites. Choose a repellent specifically formulated for children and follow the instructions carefully. Look for ingredients like DEET, picaridin, citronella, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

3. Apply Insect Repellents

Use bed nets and keep windows and doors closed to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Fans and air conditioning can also help keep mosquitoes away by lowering the temperature and reducing mosquito activity.

4. Create a Mosquito-Free Environment

Limit outdoor activities during the monsoon, especially in the early morning and late afternoon when mosquito activity is highest. Standing water from rain can create ideal breeding spots for mosquitoes.

5. Avoid Outdoor Activities

Teach your child about dengue risks and the importance of mosquito bite prevention. Show them how to identify and avoid potential mosquito breeding sites and explain the significance of protective clothing and repellent use.

6. Educate Your Children

If your child shows symptoms of dengue—such as high fever, rash, severe headache, or persistent vomiting—seek medical attention immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in preventing severe complications.

7. Seek Medical Help Promptly

By taking these precautions, you can help protect your child from dengue and ensure a safer, healthier monsoon season.

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