Rainy diseases abound whenever the wet season comes around! Learn what they are and how to protect your child with our useful tips!
Good-bye summer, hello rainy season! While parents and kids rejoice the departure of the dreadful summer heat, the changing of the seasons usher in scattered storms, flooded streets and higher chances of catching the flu, dengue and other rain-related illnesses. It is important that parents take note of these illnesses so that parents may take the necessary steps to prevent their children from getting sick.
Rainy diseases 1: Dengue
According to the World Health Organizati0n (WHO), dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. Symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. If your child shows any of these signs, it is imperative to take him to see a doctor right away.
According to the Department of Health, parents can protect their little ones from dengue by undertaking these preventive measures:
- cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
- replace water in flower vases once a week.
- clean all water containers once a week. Scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.
- clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes.
- puncture or cut old tires used as roof support to avoid accumulation of water.
- collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.