Friday, September 4, 2009

Let's Fight Dengue!!!



I was bothered when Drew informed me that one of our quality assurance managers' had a 22 year old nephew who died from dengue just recently. It's scary, knowing that one bite can take our loved ones' lives away.

I have tried every lotion, oil or whatnot I can think of applying to my daughter to keep her safe from insect bites but to no avail. I mean everything I tried did work for a few days but I believe the insects can come up with a certain immunity to the scent they tried to avoid from the insect repellant. That's when I realized that when it comes to dengue prevention physical efforts must be done:

1. Clean your surroundings. Make sure there is no stagnant water anywhere.

2. Install screens for your doors and windows to prevent insects from getting inside the house.

3. If your house is not too warm, wear as much cloth as would cover your body parts like long pajamas and long sleeves. I personally switched from applying insect repellant to making my daughter wear jammies or leg warmers instead.

4. If you have enough, try insect repellants that use sound waves to repell insects instead of those that repel insects using scent.

If you're loved ones have a fever of 38.8 degrees C and above, give them Paracetamol every 4 hours. If they continue having high fever for 3 days, consult a doctor. Give them lots of Vitamin C. I recommend an alkaline based one called FERN-C. It's proven effective when any of my family members get sick.

Do you have other suggestions in fighting dengue?

Love lots,

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