How to protect your children from dengue?
The monsoons are here and the risk of dengue is at the highest now! The most basic prevention to stay safe from dengue is by preventing mosquito bites.
Know about Dengue
Dengue fever is found all over the world and especially in tropics. This is a mosquito-borne disease and the Directorate of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) has recorded that there were 67,000 cases of Dengue fever before 2019 in October in India alone. Also studies reveal studied that children are most susceptible to the disease and hence it is important to take sincere efforts to protect them from mosquito bites.
Why is your child more vulnerable?
The immune system is in the developmental stage until the age of 7 in children. So this makes them the most vulnerable to infectious diseases. Also they have the highest chance of contracting germs while they are out and playing. But the mosquitoes that spread dengue are most prevalent during the dawn and dusk. Also at dusk, children tend to play outside making them exposed to these mosquitos. Hence the virus is easily transmitted from the mosquitos. And Getting rid of stagnant water is another important step as these Aedes mosquitos use only freshwater to breed.
What are the symptoms?
Children tend to develop a fever after 2-4 days of the bite. Symptoms show after 4 days to 2 weeks. The Aedes mosquito carry the virus and transmit it to your bloodstream. The other prominent symptoms include flu-like symptoms, high fever with a temperature of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Children may also experience severe headaches, nausea/vomiting, pain in the eyes, joint pain, body ache, muscle aches and rashes. For severe infection the symptoms like bleeding gums, blood vomit, fast breathing, and fatigue is observed.
How is it treated?
There is no specific treatment for dengue. Only symptoms management is done during the phase of the viral infection. Since dengue causes severe pain throughout the body and high-temperature Tylenol is used to reduce the temperature. Also IV fluids and electrolyte replacement are also provided.
Ways to prevent
As there isn’t a specific treatment for dengue, prevention is the best bet to stay safe. The most effective ways o protect yourself from a mosquito is by using mosquito repellents. use an effective and safe mosquito repellent for your children to keep them protected.
Smartsan Mosquito Repellent
Smart San offers a unique formulation of mosquito repellents made of Neem and Citronella essential oil that gives your hands 99.9%* protection from Mosquitoes for up to 4 hours. Also is free of DEET that has proved to be harmful and offers instant protection. The mosquito repellent comes in various forms like sachet, wipes and spray. So, this makes it easy to carry along and easy to use as per requirement.
The Smart San mosquito repellent 2.5 ML sachet is pocket-sized. It is an instant solution to ward off mosquitoes. The wipes are 150×150 mm non-woven fabric conveniently folded and machine sprayed. So this allows even wetness making it easy to apply on skin.
The 50ml and 100ml spray can easily fit in your bag. So this makes it easy to carry and provides long-lasting protection against mosquitoes. Also the mosquito repellents do not contain any harsh elements for your skin. Instead, natural formulation leaves your skin soft and clean.
How to apply mosquito repellent
Apply Smartsan Mosquito repellents directly on the skin or clothes. The completely natural ingredients keep you safe from mosquito bites naturally without causing harm. Also nsure to apply mosquito repellent before you head to play, shop or for a walk. Also reapplication is necessary after 4 hours or according to the intensity of exposure
Hygiene in the surroundings
Ensure there isn’t stagnate water anywhere around the house. Ensure there aren’t water stagnating in plant pots. If at all you need to store water, ensure it is completely closed without making a breeding ground for mosquitos.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is mosquito repellent harmful in the long run?
Smartsan mosquito repellents are equipped with natural ingredients that repel mosquitoes. It is perfectly safe even for children to use.
Does the mosquito repellent contain DEET?
Smartsan Mosquito repellent is free of DEET and hence it is safe for use. Children to adults can safely use the product to enjoy long-lasting protection
Why is DEET harmful?
Studies show that frequent application causes an increased dose of ingestion DEET through the skin which can damage the nervous system. Though the best bug repellent available, DEET is not recommended for long time use.