Your child might not be in a position to express her/his complaints in words. So, it becomes the responsibility of the parents to keep a watch on kids on any symptoms their body shows up. Dengue is the biggest threat these days. When adults can share what they experience, it will not be possible for kids.
Symptoms of dengue in kids:
Irrespective of age, kids can experience the following dengue fever symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden High fever
- The appearance of pin-like red dengue rashes at the time of fever
- Poor response to fever-relief preparations
- High discomfort during fever
In addition to high fever, the kid will have intense body pain that will be similar to that of broken bones. This is why Dengue was referred to as breakbone fever earlier. The thing to remember here is that every child will not get dengue rashes. So, you should not keep calm that there is no dengue fever rash to rule out the possibilities of dengue.
What are the symptoms of dengue in infants?
When some kids cannot express their pain, infants can never do it. So, you should be watchful and look for the following symptoms:
- Fussiness or crankiness even when the temperature lowers down.
- Increased desire or clinginess to be held in the lap
For infants, you can calm down the baby by gently massaging her limbs. This will provide great relief and can help with some sort of relief until you take her to a paediatrician.
How about symptoms in toddlers?
If your child is a toddler, he/she might show the following symptoms:
- Might point to areas that have pain like feet, hands and throat
- Reduced enthusiasm for the toys or activities that he/she loves to do always
What Are the Dengue Fever Causes?
Now, you know the warning signs of dengue to a certain extent. But, you should also be aware of the dengue fever causes to judge whether your child actually has dengue or some other viral infections. This fever is caused by four similar viruses that are spread by mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that spread this infection are from the genes Aedes. These genes of mosquitoes are present in sub-tropical and tropical areas from across the world. When the Aedes mosquito bites the person with dengue virus, it will turn out to be a carrier of the virus. If this mosquito bites someone else, that person can also get this fever. But, the thing to remember is that this virus cannot spread directly from one person to another.
In occasional instance, this fever can take the patient to a more acute type of the illness known as dengue hemorrhagic fever. This condition shortly referred to as DHF can be lethal and requires medical attention without any delay.
Dengue fever prevention – Is it possible?
There is no vaccination present to prevent this fever. So, the best thing you can do is to safeguard your child from getting bitten by mosquitoes. To ensure this, you can consider the following dengue fever prevention strategies:
- Make sure to use screens on windows and doors.
- In case of broken windows or damaged screens, get them repaired without any delay.
- Make sure that the unscreened windows and doors are shut
- Make sure to give long-sleeved shirts and long pants for kids to wear.
- Also, make sure to dress them in socks and shoes when they go outside.
- At nights, do use mosquito netting over their beds.
- During the day, make sure that you restrict the time your kid spends outdoors.
What are the 7 warning signs of dengue fever?
You should be aware of the following 7 warning signs of dengue fever:
- Uncontrollable abdominal pain
- A rapid decrease in platelet count
- Bleeding in nose and gums
- Accumulation of fluid in the body
- Blood in vomit
- Persistent vomiting
- Rapid Breathing
If these things are seen, immediate attention is needed without any delay.
What if there is a delay in taking your kid to a doctor?
If you are not in a position to visit the doctor immediately, you can do the following things to help your kid:
- Try to reduce the body temperature: You can try sponging to reduce the temperature
- Increase fluid intake: Make sure that your kid is kept hydrated well. It will help with flushing out toxins
- Give adequate rest to the kid
- Feed based on hunger: If your kid is not showing interest to foods, do not force. Rather, you can focus on liquid-based foods that will help with hydration as well.