Dengue in children on rise; here’s what parents need to keep in mind


Children who suddenly get a high-grade fever, a strong headache, or body pains should be watched out for since these might be signs of dengue. What you need to know.

Rising Dengue Cases in the Capital

Over 40 dengue cases have been recorded in the capital’s first half of July, as dengue infections are on the increase there. The likelihood of mosquito reproduction and the danger of the transmission of illnesses carried by vectors have both risen due to persistent rain and waterlogging. It is crucial to take action to stop the spread of the disease since children are more likely to be outside, whether in parks or schools. Early symptoms of dengue in children include sudden start of fever, discomfort behind the eyes, excruciating headache, muscular pain, and rashes. Parents need to be aware of these warning signals and speak with a doctor.


“Children are now experiencing an upsurge in dengue cases, which represents a 15-20% increase over the previous two months. However, there has been a discernible increase in instances lately among kids between the ages of 5 and 15. The start of classes and other activities might be blamed for this increase. The bulk of instances, thankfully, have been minor, and we have been able to treat patients in the outpatient department (OPD),” says Dr. Nehal Shah, consultant pediatrician at NHSRCC Hospital in Mumbai.

Don’t use self-medication

Dr. Shah advises parents to make sure their children are dressed in long sleeves and clothing that covers the majority of their body. After dusk, people should close their doors and windows and apply insect repellent lotion.

“During the monsoon season, parents and kids should take additional precautions, especially if they have a fever. Avoid self-medication at all costs, and get help right away. The risk of dengue transmission may be decreased by taking preventative steps such wearing fully covered clothes, applying mosquito repellent lotions to exposed body parts, and keeping doors and windows closed whenever practical, according to Dr. Shah.

Children’s dengue symptoms

It’s vital to remember that symptoms of dengue fever usually appear 4–10 days after infection. Parents need to be on the lookout for any early symptoms of breakbone fever in their kids.

“Despite the fact that symptoms might vary, it’s important to keep an eye out for certain signs that could indicate breakbone fever infection. These symptoms include an unexpectedly high-grade fever, a terrible headache (particularly behind the eyes), body pains, joint discomfort, and a possible rash that may develop after a few days of fever. Constant vomiting, bleeding gums, easy bruising, and stomach discomfort are other warning symptoms to be aware of. For an accurate diagnosis and suitable care of dengue fever in children, seek quick medical assistance if any of these symptoms are seen, says Shah.

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