Suara.com – When the rainy season arrives, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) becomes a threat to both adults and children, which needs to be a concern because it can be life threatening.
DHF is a disease caused by the dengue virus ‘carried’ by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, characterized by typical symptoms such as high fever, pain behind the eyes, headache, and joint pain.
The following are 4 ways to prevent dengue fever in families and children at home, according to Pediatrician, Consultant for Children’s Tropical & Infectious Diseases, Dr. dr. Debbie Latupeirissa, Sp.A (K) through her statement to Suara.com, Monday (28/2/2022).
1. Strengthens Immune System
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“The dengue virus will be blocked by the child’s immune system if he has a strong immune system. Therefore, maintaining the child’s immunity is the first thing that must be considered,” said Dr. Debbie.
The doctor who practices at Pondok Indah Bintaro Jaya Hospital explained that apart from physical activity, paying attention to nutritional intake is the main factor that needs to be considered, such as macronutrients consisting of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Plus micronutrients, namely vitamins and minerals must also be met. Although the amount is not as much as macronutrients, but micronutrients are an important intake for the body
“In addition, it can also be strengthened by giving the dengue vaccine if he is 9 to 16 years old,” continued Dr. Debbie.
2. Controlling the Environmental Situation
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Because the dengue virus is carried by mosquitoes, care must be taken not to allow the surrounding environment to become a place to live or nest for mosquitoes, so that mosquitoes cannot breed.