“There are many mosquitoes in my house, because you are lazy to clean...”
Mother must be familiar with the lyrics of the children's song, right? The content of the song is true you know, Bun! Through mosquito bites, your little one can be exposed to various types of diseases. What are these diseases? Come on, check here.
Although small, mosquitoes are not animals that can be taken lightly. This is because only through the bite, various diseases and health problems can attack your baby.
List of Diseases Caused by Mosquito Bites
Generally, mosquitoes that often bite humans are female mosquitoes. This is done by female mosquitoes to get protein and iron contained in the blood to produce eggs.
Complaints that are often caused by mosquito bites are the appearance of itching and the emergence of bumps on the skin. But that's not all bro! There are several diseases that can be spread through mosquito bites, such as:
1. Dengue fever
Mother is certainly no stranger to dengue or dengue hemorrhagic fever. This disease is caused by a virus Dengue that enter the body through mosquito bites Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. When infected with a virus Dengue Your little one can experience several complaints and symptoms, such as:
- High fever.
- Severe headache.
- Pain at the back of the eye.
- Skin rash in the form of red spots.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Severe joint and muscle pain.
This disease should not be taken lightly and requires careful monitoring from a doctor. Without proper treatment, dengue can be fatal.
Diseases caused by parasites Plasmodium it is usually spread through mosquito bites Anopheles. When infected with this parasite, your little one can experience symptoms, such as fever, chills, sweating, and headaches. In fact, some children can experience severe anemia as well as respiratory problems.
Usually the symptoms and complaints of malaria will appear 10-15 days after a mosquito bite. Malaria requires immediate treatment, because it can endanger the life of the Little One.
Chikungunya is a viral infection caused by mosquito bites Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus. Chikungunya disease is characterized by fever and sudden joint pain, which makes it difficult for the sufferer to move.
These symptoms usually last about a week. But in some patients, joint pain can last for months.
4. Zika virus
Like chikungunya and dengue fever, the Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites Aedes aegypti.
Symptoms that may arise include skin rashes, itching all over the body, headache, high fever, joint and muscle pain, red eyes or conjunctivitis, pain behind the eyes, and possible swelling in the joints of the hands and feet.
If the Zika virus infection occurs in pregnant women, there can be an increased risk of fetal defects.
Protecting Your Little One from Mosquito Bites
Given the dangers of several diseases that can be transmitted through mosquito bites, you need to take the following preventive steps so that your little one avoids mosquito bites:
- Put a mosquito net on your baby's mattress to prevent mosquito bites.
- Use a mosquito repellent lotion that is safe and specially formulated for children.
- As much as possible, wear comfortable clothes that can cover your baby's entire body when you take him out of the house.
In addition, always maintain cleanliness at home, get rid of containers or places that can accommodate puddles of water so that mosquitoes cannot breed. Don't hesitate to take your little one to the doctor if he experiences the complaints described above.