Dengue: What to do if a child gets dengue? Know the answer from the experts - Newztezz Online


Monday, August 22, 2022

Dengue: What to do if a child gets dengue? Know the answer from the experts

Doctors say that this is the season of dengue outbreak, so people should be cautious about this disease. Especially when it comes to children.

According to a report by the civic body , around 180 cases of dengue have been registered in Delhi so far this year . According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) report, Delhi recorded 23 dengue cases in January, 16 in February, 22 in March, 20 in April, 30 in May and 32 in June. Meanwhile, as of 31 May 2022, according to the National Center for Vector Borne Disease Control, 10172 cases of dengue and three deaths were registered in the country. Karnataka recorded the highest number of dengue cases at 1,714 and Tamil Nadu at 2,548.

Dengue fever, often referred to as fever that causes joint or bone pain, is a mosquito-borne viral disease that occurs mainly in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. .

People should be alert about this disease

Dr Ankit Prasad, Senior Consultant, Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Fortis Hospital, Noida, says that since this is the season of dengue outbreak, people should be alert about the spread of this disease. Especially when it comes to children.

Dr Prasad said, “Children are always vulnerable to diseases as their immunity is still developing for many diseases. We should take more precautions to protect them from infection for the next few months. Parents should be extremely cautious about symptoms like high fever, headache, rash on the body, muscle and joint pain, abdominal pain with vomiting.

He said that in severe cases there is bleeding and children can go into shock which can be dangerous. This requires a medical diagnosis, so parents should immediately contact the pediatrician or the nearest health facility.

What are the 3 stages of dengue fever?

Dengue starts suddenly after an incubation period of five to seven days, and has three stages: fever, critical condition, and recovery.

“While there are many signs of clinical fluid accumulation, mucosal bleeds, lethargy or restlessness, liver enlargement of more than 2 cm in many cases, a child can still have dengue even if he does not show any symptoms. .

What to do if a child gets dengue?

Give plenty of fluids (water, isotonic drinks, fruit juices and soups) to maintain adequate water intake in the body. “Keep the symptoms under control. Fever and joint pain can be eliminated by giving paracetamol and supportive care to children. Prevent mosquitoes from breeding inside and outside your home.

Dr Prasad finally said, “Put a good mosquito repellant. Apply it on your exposed parts and clothes so that mosquitoes do not come near. Use a long-sleeved cloth to cover the arms and legs."

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