Protecting your kids from Dengue

Doggie boy, Tiger girl and Me
Doggie boy, Tiger girl and Me

Taking care of my kids’ health is one of my top priorities. It is important for me to keep them healthy, so that they can fully enjoy their childhood.

Solo parenting is not an easy task and my greatest fear would be for any one of my kids to fall ill and be hospitalized. Their great grandfather died from post complications due to dengue hemorrhagic fever in 2006 and I sincerely hope that this painful disease will inflict none of them. 

So despite the never-ending struggle to balance four different schedules, I always make sure that our home is adequately protected against dengue, especially now in 2016, when the number of dengue cases is unusually high and could hit 30,000 cases – higher than the record in 2013 when 22,170 cases were reported.

I’ve read that this surge in dengue cases is mostly due to warmer weather conditions, high mosquito population and change of main circulating virus. To break the rising dengue transmissions, immediate action must be taken to bring down the Aedes mosquito population in our environment.

If you do not know, the Aedes mosquito is the vector that carries and transmits the dengue virus, which can be fatal in certain circumstances. There is currently no treatment or known effective vaccine for the disease, so the best way to prevent it will be to prevent the breeding of these mosquitoes.

As Aedes mosquitoes prefer to breed in clean, stagnant water commonly found in homes, the kids and I have been actively removing stagnant water around our house to destroy any possible breeding grounds for these pesky mosquitoes. In our house, everyone chips in to make sure the place is kept clean and neat. The kids have been assigned age appropriate chores and we do have a routine that everyone follows.

 

 

Doggie boy throwing away water from a vase

Doggie boy throwing away water from a vase

I’ve recently incorporated the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout in our family’s list of household chores. As you can see above, Doggie boy has been taught that the water in vases/bowls has to be poured away on alternate days and filled with fresh water. He scrubs the insides to remove mosquito eggs that may be sticking to the surface of the vase too! This preventive measure will not only ensure that mozzies do not have a chance to breed, but also ensure that the cut flowers retain their optimal appearance for a longer duration.

Doggie boy turning the pail over after mopping the floor
Doggie boy turning the pail over after mopping the floor

The kids take turn to mop the floor and they have developed the practice of turning over the pail after using it. This is also to prevent stagnant water from collecting and making it an ideal breeding ground for the mozzies. 

Spraying Tiger girl with insect repellent before she leaves for school
Spraying Tiger girl with insect repellent before she leaves for school

When we are heading out, we will always spray insect repellent over sunscreen before leaving the house. We also apply repellent while home at times. The Aedes mosquito is more active in the day and the kids may be prone to mosquito bites, especially when our neighbourhood is a dengue cluster area. 

hanks to making this an active daily routine, it has become second nature to the kids to carry out these preventive measures as part of their daily routines. 

How does your family play their part
in the preventing dengue?

Start today by doing the 5-Step Mozzie Wipeout!

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