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Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) can lead to the death of children in some Asian countries, including Indonesia. For this reason, taking prevention by strengthening the child's immune system is one of the right steps to minimize children getting dengue fever
Dengue fever can affect anyone, from children to adults. Diseases caused by viruses that are carried and spread through mosquito bites can indeed be fatal, moreover, dengue fever can lead to death if not treated immediately.
Various symptoms that are signs that someone has an attack of dengue fever will appear and accompany the development of the condition, including when your child has it. However, some children may not feel mild symptoms of dengue fever. Mild symptoms will usually appear for a span of four days to two weeks after the child is bitten by the Aedes aeg y pt i mosquito. Usually, the symptoms of dengue fever will last for 2-7 days. The symptoms of dengue fever in children are as follows.
- Has a high fever, usually up to 40°C.
- The appearance of pain in the back of the eye, joint, muscle, or bone.
- Severe headaches can also accompany symptoms in children.
- Easy to bruise.
- Rash appears on most parts of the body.
- Mild bleeding through the nose or on the gums.
What To Do When Your Child Has Dengue Fever?
Don't panic when your child has dengue fever. It is recommended that you do some of these simple things first, namely:
- Ask the child to rest to recover energy
- Give him plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Provide nutritious food
Next, get him checked by a pediatrician to get the right diagnosis. Usually, the doctor will give paracetamol or acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain. In addition, the doctor will provide therapy as part of the treatment process. As a parent, it is advised not to give your child ibuprofen or aspirin because it is feared that it can adversely affect the blood platelet count.Then, pay close attention to the child's condition at home, especially after the fever has decreased. If within 24 hours the child experiences vomiting accompanied by a general decline in condition, immediately check the child back to the hospital.
What to Do to Protect Children from Dengue Fever?
One of the steps that can be taken to strengthen the immune system and protect children from the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes that cause dengue fever is to consume enough vitamin C. Adequate intake of vitamin C can strengthen the child's immune system. Not only that, the growth of other children will be affected by the intake of vitamin C, for example:
- Helps the formation and repair of red blood cells, including the formation of bones and tissues.
- Strengthens children's blood vessels and minimizes the occurrence of bruising due to bumps or scratches.
- He althy gums.
- Heal wounds faster. Supports the process of iron absorption from food sources.
Guava or guava which is one fruit that you can choose in an effort to meet the needs of vitamin C in children. Guava contains four times more vitamin C than oranges. To support the therapeutic treatment process from the doctor, you can also take advantage of Psidium guava fruit or also known as guava or guava. Based on a he alth article, it is suspected that guava leaves can be used to prevent a decrease in the number of platelets due to dengue virus infection. A decoction of guava or guava leaves containing quercetin is considered effective against dengue virus cells, namely by inhibiting the formation of these cell enzymes. The benefits of guava fruit do not stop there, as ripe guava fruit is thought to be able to help restrain the decrease in the number of platelets in the blood of dengue fever patients.
Dengue fever in children is quite dangerous but there is no need to panic. Strengthen the immune system before and when the child is sick and immediately consult a doctor for advice on the proper management of the symptoms of dengue fever. In addition, don't forget to keep your house clean and apply 3MPlus to prevent dengue fever in children.