Parents are sending kids to school with long sleeves, here's why you should too!

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As monsoon rains continue, increasing number of dengue cases have been reported from across the country and the only way out is prevention

For the past few weeks, Farheen, had been battling for her life at the Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Hospital in Delhi. She was brought in a few days back only to be diagnosed with dengue, a vector-borne disease.

Sadly, the 17-year old Delhi resident succumbed to this monsoon disease on July 21, making hers the first dengue related death in the capital this year.

Unfortunately, she was not the only victim. As monsoon rains continue, increasing number of dengue cases have been reported from across the country, leading to parents sending their kids to school with longer sleeves!

Dengue cases across India

Where in Delhi, the municipal corporation has recorded 40 new cases of dengue, taking the total for 2016 to 90. In Hyderabad alone, 70 cases have been reported. Additionally, in Mumbai also, 14,203 cases of dengue have come to light.

These shocking numbers are a testament to the increasing need for awareness about this deadly disease.

And most experts say that it calls for immediate action from parents because the worst hit age group include young school children aged between 5 and 16 years.

Dr Pankaj Aggarwal, Senior Homoeopath, Agrawal Homoeo Clinic and Research Centre, Delhi, spoke to the IndusParent about these increasing numbers. He believes that this year particularly, the numbers are bound to soar because monsoon is expected to be heavier and there might be a 20-25 percent hike in the number of overall cases.

However, he adds that typically close to about 80 percent people infected with dengue virus are asymptomatic and only 5 percent encounter severe illness. And the best way to identify these 5 percenters is by keeping an eye on its symptoms.

Continue reading to see how you can prevent dengue through home remedies and a full proof prevention plan.

Dengue and its symptoms

“It is also called breakbone fever and can easily affect infants, kids and young children. The virus does not spread directly from person to person. And, you can spot the symptoms usually between three and 10 days after being bitten. This includes high fever, and headache,” explains Dr Aggarwal.

However, there are other specific symptoms you must look out for as well.

  • Nausea
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Joint pains
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dip in blood pressure
  • Skin rashes and breakouts

Dr Agrawal adds that these symptoms show within the first two to four days. Post that, the child may experience a rapid drop in temperature and hot flashed or constant sweating.

After this one day, however, the child may experience an abrupt rise in temperature with rashes over the body.

Dengue prevention plan for kids

While you can use home remedies to treat dengue at home, here are a few things you must do immediately to keep your kids safe from this monsoon illness. Dr Aggarwal lists a few ways:

  • Ask your children to wear long-sleeved clothes and long trousers when heading outdoors.
  • Bodies could be protected from a mosquito bite by applying insect repellent on clothes and on the exposed parts of the body
  • Have your kids spend more time in air-conditioned rooms since mosquitoes cannot survive in cooler temperatures
  • Ask your kids to avoid playing out in the open during dawn and dusk time

Special precautions for babies and toddlers

  • Avoid using mosquito repellent round infants below two months of age
  • You can use repellents containing 10 percent DEET on infants older than 2 months
  • Make sure you do not apply them neat their eyes or mouth and even on their palms
  • Do not forget to consult the doctor and read the instructions on the label, especially when administering medicines to babies, expecting mothers and breastfeeding women.

The only word of caution at this juncture could be to be more vigilant than ever. With monsoon, come many diseases and like they say, "prevent is better than cure."

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(Image courtesy: Hindustan Times)

Written by

Deepshikha Punj

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