Dengue fever (pronounced as Dengee) is a painful disease that is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Dengue fever usually causes a high fever (above 104 F), skin rashes, headaches and joint and muscle aches. The disease, also termed as breakbone fever, mostly occurs in the tropical areas of the world.
Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with the Dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with the Dengue virus in their blood. It cannot spread directly from one person to another person. So if your child is suffering from continuous fever, immediately check for the signs listed below and consult a doctor at the earliest.
Symptoms and Signs of Dengue Fever –
The symptoms and signs of Dengue begin about 3 to 15 days (incubation period) after a mosquito bite transfers the virus (Dengue virus serotypes 1-4) to a person previously unexposed to the virus.
Fever and painful muscle, bone, and joint aches can occur during the first few hours of symptoms when a headache, chills (shivering and sweating), rash (may be itchy) and/or red spots or flushing, and swollen lymph nodes first appear. Pain behind or in the back of the eyes is also a common symptom.
Some individuals may develop a sore throat, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal and back pain. However, some people can develop more severe symptoms and complications, such as hemorrhagic areas in the skin (easy bruising), gums and the gastrointestinal tract. This condition is termed Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF).
In most instances, the disease lasts about 3 to 10 days, although a few patients’ symptoms may last longer.
Sometimes, the symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of flu or another viral infections. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults. If your child has a weak immune system, then he/she is at greater risk of developing Dengue fever.
Prevention of Dengue Fever –
No vaccine or medicine is available to prevent Dengue fever. However, you can avoid dengue-infected mosquito bites by using efficient mosquito repellents like Goodknight’s Fabric Roll-On. Before heading out, just apply 4 dots of the Fabric Roll-On (non-staining!) onto the clothes of your child and they will stay safe from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours. Besides, it is 100% natural and paediatrician certified – absolutely safe to use for kids!
Another product that keeps you and your family safe from mosquitoes is the Goodknight Activ+ System. The Activ+ system gives all-round protection against mosquitoes inside the house. It comes with a dual mode advantage for efficiency – you can switch between the Normal and Activ mode according to the number of mosquitoes in your house.
Stay protected ☺