With the rainy season setting in, moms are busy preparing little umbrellas, little plastic boots, and little raincoats to protect their little ones from the weather. But we all know children getting caught in the rain isn’t the only thing moms have to worry about during this time of the year.
While it’s possible to catch Dengue fever all throughout the year, it’s more rampant during the rainy season because stagnant, collected rainwater can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. That’s why it’s important for moms to know how to tell a simple fever or viral infection from actual Dengue fever by taking a close look at its symptoms.
Dengue Fever Symptoms In Children
A child with Dengue usually suffers from a high fever that comes and goes every four to six hours, and does not respond to fever-inducing medication. It’s also important to note that Dengue fever is not caused by any type of infection. So if the fever is not accompanied by coughing or trouble urinating, it’s most probably Dengue.
Dengue fever is often accompanied by prominent red rashes all over the patient’s body. They usually start sprouting in hidden parts of the body because that’s where the temperature is highest.
3. Body Pains
Pain in and behind the eyes, the throat, the joins, the muscles, and/or even in the bones are symptoms of Dengue as well. The degree of pain varies depending on just how severe the virus has become.
Children don’t normally complain about headaches, so you should be alarmed when they do. But if the child feels nauseous and dizzy as well, it’s important to have him or her checked so Dengue can be either ruled out or immediately treated.
Children with a severe case of Dengue may even start bleeding in the nose and gums. Once this happens, a child may have already developed Dengue shock syndrome and/or Dengue hemorrhagic fever, and will need immediate care.
Remember, symptoms only paint part of the picture of your child’s health. That’s why if he or she is showing any of these symptoms, the best thing to do is to visit a physician so tests can be taken to find out the best course of action for the child’s recovery.
Remember to never wait for serious symptoms to appear. Visit a doctor as soon as you notice something unusual in your little ones, especially when it comes to their health.