Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — With the coming of the summer season, parents across the nation have started worrying about the health of their children. Due to a feverish outbreak in recent summer seasons, parents are still worried about their child contracting the West Nile virus. Have no fear, parents. The West Nile is not as dire for children as was originally thought.
Research conducted by Robert Frenk, a pediatrics professor at Ohio’s Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, found that the children who face the problem of being bitten by a mosquito carrying this virus do not have any special symptoms as it can range from fever, pains and aches that normally disappears after just a few days.
Fortunately, children affected by the West Nile virus do not have to face serious and severe problems like encephalitis, which can prove to be dangerous to the body of young children. Moms need to take care of a few necessary and precautionary steps to ensure healthy bodies for their children such as eliminating the risk standing water near or around the home and dressing children with full sleeved shirts and pants.
In addition, as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics, insect repellent made up of at least 30% DEET should be applied on the child’s body. A chemical in DEET is the most effective in repelling insects and specifically, those pesky mosquitoes. Keeping your kids inside the home during the evening time is the best way of safeguarding them from the biting insects that generally come out when dusk approaches.
There is no need to seclude children within the confines of the home for fear of mosquito bites. By taking the necessary steps to avoid insect bites, parents can enjoy watching their children run and play outside while enjoying those dog days of summer.
Wired Education Reporter