The recent news about how dengue has affected the lives of many Filipinos is really alarming. Most of the time, children are the ones affected by dengue. As parents, we should keep our kids safe from this life-threatening Dengue virus.
The Department of Health is promoting awareness about dengue through the 4s Campaign which includes:
1. Search and Destroy mosquito breeding sites
2. Seek early consultation
3. Self-protective measures by wearing long sleeved shirts and pants.
4. Say “no” to indiscriminate fogging and “yes” to fogging only if there is an impending outbreak.
Here are some tips for parents:
- In our surrounding areas, we should remove all stagnant waters we can find. Cover all water containers, regularly change water in flower vases or plant pots, de-clog roof gutters, and fill up with soil all stagnant surface water in vacant lots in villages or housing areas or used tires found in roofs and in vulcanizing shops.
- For our kids, we can make sure that they wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long socks when outdoors, and to use mosquito repellants that are safe for the skin.
- If it is possible, use mosquito nets and install window and door screens in our houses.
- Avoid wearing black or dark hued clothing.
- Avoid intake of refined sugar and alcoholic drinks because they give off a smell which attracts mosquitoes.
- Eat food which is rich in Vitamin B1 (Thiamine). Examples are : fish, brown rice. These products excrete a smell which mosquitoes don’t like.
- Know the symptoms and be alert!