Dengue is an illness caused by a virus transmitted to people by certain mosquitoes. Some people develop a more severe illness known as dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), which can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Babies under 12 months are more likely to develop a severe case of the disease. There are other viral etiologies of fever, including dengue, Chikungunya, influenza, rota and adeno viruse that re responsibe for causing a major disease burden. The lack of diagnostic facilities in developing countries leads to failure to estimate the true burden of such illnesses, and generally the diseases are underreported. These diseases may have similar symptoms with other causes of acute febrile illnesses including malaria and hence clinical diagnosis without laboratory tests can be difficult.
Symptoms of dengue in babies:
Treatment of dengue in babies:
There is no medicine for dengue. Hence the treatment protocol includes the continuous monitoring of the child. Doctors suggest treating the symptoms in these simple ways:
Diagnosis of Dengue:
Mostly doctors suggest getting a blood test done to check for dengue virus. But many of the specialists identify the fever just from the appearance of the baby.
The doctors may ask you about the symptoms and exposure to mosquitoes of your baby and more. A complete blood picture is also taken to identify the severity of infection since the blood platelets will be badly affected.
Prevention of Dengue:
Dengue is a severe infection but it can be controlled with the preventive measures such as: