Children are an easy target to mosquitoes and therefore, they are highly susceptible to malaria and other mosquito-borne illness.
Malaria is one of the major mosquito-borne illnesses which all of us fear. Children, especially need extra protection from this disease due to their poor immunity as compared to adults. Also, they go here and there, to nooks and corners where mosquitoes generally reside the most. This puts them to a greater risk of getting mosquito bite and then catching up malaria or chikungunya or dengue-like mosquito-borne illness. The risk starts from the onset of Summer and it at its peak during the Monsoon season owing to water stagnation which is the best breeding ground for them.
As children are susceptible to getting malaria-like diseases, it becomes important for parents to identify the symptoms as early as possible and get medical aid. By taking the right step at the right time can prevent your kid from getting this dangerous disease. The signs and symptoms of malaria in children can be different from adults. Every parent should watch out for these symptoms of malaria in children.
Like dengue and chikungunya, malaria is caused by mosquito bites. Malaria occurs in large numbers in children. It is caused due to hot temperatures. These are the initial signs of malaria that your child may show:
- Loss of appetite
- Improper sleep or trouble sleeping
If all these symptoms are found in the child then it should be understood that the malaria virus is spreading in the child's body.
Second stage symptoms
After the initial stage, when the child experiences all the symptoms of malaria, the children often get cold due to which they become a victim of fever.
- Children start breathing rapidly during fever.
- The body remains at high temperature for one or two days only in fever.
- In some cases, the fever suddenly goes up to 105 degrees or more and when the fever subsides, the body temperature starts to return to normal and the child becomes sweaty.
- When the same symptoms (sweating, fever, chills) occur again and again in two or three days, this indicates that malaria infection is spreading rapidly in the child's body.
Children also have other common malaria symptoms such as nausea, headaches and especially pains and back pain. Other similar symptoms of growing malaria are found in children due to an adult developing malaria.
Malaria virus also affects the brain and kidney of children. Due to its effect on the brain, there is a significant impact on the child's consciousness. An abnormal amount of urine of the child may be reduced as the kidney is affected.
What To Do?
- If you see any of the above-mentioned symptoms, go to the doctor and get the kid tested for malaria.
- Timely diagnosis can help in warding off the problem quickly.
- Also, take preventive measures beforehand.
- Do not allow the kid to go out without applying mosquito-repellent on their hands and legs. Try to use only a natural repellent cream or lotion to prevent their skin from damaging.
- Regularly spray mosquito repellents inside the house to keep all the members safe.
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