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Suggest Precautions Against Dengue To Protect A Newborn

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Posted on Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Question: hi..I have a baby girl of 7 months and boy of 4 years. These days I am hearing lots of cases about dengue and reduction of platlette count..I am bit scared about it.

any general precautions that I can take in this regard.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
All you need to do is to ensure plenty of fluid intake.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Let me mention that dengue is a type of viral infection. You need not be alarmed about dengue. It is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and so you need to use mosquito nets and prevent development of breeding ground for mosquitoes. The primary concern about dengue is because a very small percentage of the affected individuals may develop dengue shock syndrome (DSS) where fluid moves out of the blood vessels and unless that fluid is replaced (by drinking plenty of ORS, water or through IV fluids) vascular collapse and therefore shock may result. But even in case of DSS all that needs to be done is to ensure a good hydration, nothing more. So, you need not panic about dengue. Just make sure to drink plenty of fluids. It is only in case you find any sort of bleeding manifestations, you would need to rush to the hospital without delay (I say this although I do not expect such a thing to happen).

Please be patient. Feel free to ask me back if you have any further queries.

Regards

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Suggest Precautions Against Dengue To Protect A Newborn

Brief Answer: All you need to do is to ensure plenty of fluid intake. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Let me mention that dengue is a type of viral infection. You need not be alarmed about dengue. It is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and so you need to use mosquito nets and prevent development of breeding ground for mosquitoes. The primary concern about dengue is because a very small percentage of the affected individuals may develop dengue shock syndrome (DSS) where fluid moves out of the blood vessels and unless that fluid is replaced (by drinking plenty of ORS, water or through IV fluids) vascular collapse and therefore shock may result. But even in case of DSS all that needs to be done is to ensure a good hydration, nothing more. So, you need not panic about dengue. Just make sure to drink plenty of fluids. It is only in case you find any sort of bleeding manifestations, you would need to rush to the hospital without delay (I say this although I do not expect such a thing to happen). Please be patient. Feel free to ask me back if you have any further queries. Regards