How to prevent Dengue is a burning question today. Dengue is a deadly disease, all of us know that. Dengue is a vector-borne disease and has been plaguing India for a while now. Over the past few years, I have seen friends and relatives suffer from Dengue fever, also aptly knows as the “Break Bone Fever”. It is extremely painful and is very dangerous! As a mother, it scares me even more, because children are more vulnerable to it.
Sincerely, with a large number of people getting infected with this often-fatal disease, it is time we took notice and made changes to protect ourselves. So, how do we prevent Dengue, fight against it and keep our kids and families safe from it?
Well, we know that Dengue is caused due to the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito, and it can sometimes be fatal. Unfortunately there is no clear treatment for the condition nor is there a vaccine against it – scary, right?
And this means that the best way is to save our families from Dengue is to prevent the disease from occurring at all.
So yes, learning how to prevent Dengue is the way to go.
Here are 5 Tips that you can follow to prevent Dengue at Home:
1. No Stagnant Water. The Dengue mosquito is known to bite humans during daytime and their breeding ground is stagnant water. So make sure there is no stagnant water around your home. Cover buckets if you store water in them. Clean out empty flower pots. Do not over-water your garden or your potted plant.
2. Use mosquito repellents regularly. Apply it well on all exposed areas, during the day as well as at night. Use it generously if there are kids around.
3. Clear blockages in drains etc, and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters regularly.
4. Camphor is a mosquito repellent that works wonders. Light camphor in a room and close all the doors and windows for 20 to 25 minutes. This makes the mosquito go away. This can be done once a day, every day.
5. A natural method to keep mosquitoes at bay is to plant Tulsi (Holy Basil) near your window. The plant has properties that prevents mosquitoes from breeding and hence helps to prevent Dengue.
I would like to point out an amazing initiative by All Out, called Fight Dengue For Payal, and I urge you to check it out. The story of the 12 year old Payal is inspiring.
Payal lives in Jaipur, and when she saw her friend suffer from dengue, she pledged to be a part of this campaign. This young girl has committed her time and energy to help spread the message to prevent dengue. Full
of compassion and determination, she hopes to be a doctor when she grows up so that she can help those who suffer from such diseases. I told you, she is extremely inspiring!
Along with Payal and many others, All Out has pledged to fight against Dengue and to help protect kids, their families and the community from this disease.
If you would like to take the pledge to fight Dengue, please give a missed call to All Out’s Toll Free number 1 800 180181818 and join the initiative. You can also join the pledge campaign and volunteer to donate blood, which will help a Dengue patient get better.
Another important thing I’d like to point out to all mothers, is to keep a check on your kids. Dengue symptoms are flu like and can be easily mistaken (at early stages) for a common cold. Please look up symptoms and be prepared.
Prevention, however, is much easier. And as you must have noticed from the tips I gave above, Dengue is a completely preventable condition, all you have to do is take a few steps to keep yourself and your family safe.
So let’s buckle up, let’s spread awareness about Dengue,
let’s pledge to fight it, to Prevent Dengue, and let’s support Payal and All Out.