Dengue Prevention

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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Dengue Banner from NEA

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It is still Dengue Season here in Singapore. Have you been doing the Mozzie Wipeout?

Since the “ Do the Mozzie Wipeout” was kicked off last weekend the number of Dengue cases has risen even further. From  5023 cases to 5712 cases. That’s another 700+ cases within a week!!

My grandfather with my 1st born back in 2004

My late grandfather with my 1st born back in 2004

I personally encountered Dengue fever when my late grandfather was stricken with the disease. Complications which arose from the bout of Dengue fever which he suffered from back in 2006 inevitably let to his death.

 

(My Grandfather’s Story)

 

My late grandfather has had a history of high blood pressure. When he was 84 years old he was inflicted with Dengue fever and it led to complications due to internal bleeding. He had to be hospitalized and had to have blood transfusion as his blood platelet  count dropped to a very dangerous level. While he was undergoing treatment at Alexandra Hospital he suffered a heart attack and had to be placed in the ICU for three days.  In all he was in hospital for about a month undergoing various treatments to deal with  Dengue fever and the complications that arose with it due to his advance age.

Everyone heaved a sigh of relief when he was finally discharged from the hospital and given the all clear. My grandfather couldn’t wait to return home and back to normal life after all the sufferings of being pricked and being subjected to numerous treatments while  being hospitalized.

Unfortunately, his time back home was short lived as he suffered another heart attack a month later. His body was weaken by the fight with Dengue and couldn’t withstand the impact of the 2nd heart attack. He passed away at home while my grandmother was out marketing one morning.

We were all sadden by his sudden departure  on the 26th of July which was 2 days before my grandmother’s birthday. The birthday celebrations that year for grandma had to be cancelled due to funeral.

Since that episode I had another mommy blogger share with me their experience with Dengue.

 

(My Husband’s Encounter with Dengue)

Jiahui from Mumseword.com shared with me the agony she had to go through  when her husband Edmund from Edunloaded.com suffered not from one but two attacks of dengue fever.

In 2008 Edmund contracted Dengue fever for the first time. Back then he suffered from high fever and had major body aches. He didn’t know that he had Dengue fever until it was Day 6 of the onset. It was only through the blood test conducted at the GP that he knew of his diagnosis.  He wasn’t hospitalized but had to take a blood test daily to monitor the blood count. He was tired all the time and didn’t even have energy to watch television or sit up. He was practically in bed the whole week.

The second time Edmund was conflicted with Dengue in 2011  he was hospitalized for  over two weeks for low blood pressure. This time the virus had hit him harder then the first time.

 

 

Staying in the RED zone I have taken some extra precautions to ensure that my home is free from stagnant water and there is no chance of them breeding inside or outside our house.

Here are the activities which I have done.

1)  Replaced the Bamboo Hole caps

 

Bamboo Hole Caps

Bamboo Hole Caps

It is important that you check that your bamboo hole caps are in “working order”. I was shocked to see the  condition of my bamboo hole caps when I checked it over the weekend. Some of the caps had fallen off or even broken off  due to the harsh local weather conditions. We hang our clothes indoors in the laundry area  so I haven’t noticed the state of the bamboo hole caps. It was really timely that I made a check over the weekend.

I used a bottle brush to check if there was any stagnant water within each bamboo holder before replacing the old caps with the newly purchased ones.

 

2) Checked for stagnant water in the 5 prone areas.

 

The areas in the house to look out for stagnant water.

The areas in the house to look out for stagnant water.

 

Do check the following areas in your house for stagnant water.

– Refrigerator Tray ( if your refrigerator has one)

– Dish Rack Tray

– Air-Con Tray

– Gully Trap

– Toilet Pan Collar.

3) Using Insect repellent inside and outside the house.

Plug in Mosquito repellant

Plug in Mosquito repellent

I’ve been making the kids wear long sleeves and pants when we go out at night. They also get sprayed with insect repellent from head to toe each time before they leave the house.

We too have been using the plug-in mosquito repellent in the bedrooms and spraying insecticide in dark corners of the house.

 

What have you been doing to prevent the spread of  Dengue fever in your household?

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