Dengue, Affect, Pregnancy
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Dengue fever is one of the deadliest fever worldwide taking millions of people with it every year. The Dengue fever is caused by the Aedes Aegypti species of mosquito which mostly lies in the areas which are densely populated. Due to the rise in the number of mosquitoes, there are rising cases of dengue among pregnant women. More than 190 million cases are reported every year and more than 97 million cases have to seek treatment, as per the data by the World Health Organization. India alone face a 25 percent increase in the growth of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes even after the preventive measures by the government. It is very important to keep our surroundings neat and safe especially for the newborns and the women expecting babies from the dengue causing mosquitoes. Indian doctor, Nupur Gupta, who is the Director of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Fortis Gurugram shared some important measure that pregnant woman and mothers who are breastfeeding should take care of.

Dengue Effect On Mother

Women who are pregnant and suffering from dengue fever should stay hydrated because it is essential to maintain the embryonic fluid level in a pregnant body. Apart from high fever, there is a possibility that a pregnant woman may face headache, abdominal pain, fluid accumulation, vomiting, mucosal bleeding, enlargement of the liver, decreasing blood platelets with hematocrit, and lethargy. If dengue gets severe, there is a high possibility that it might get involved with hemorrhage, plasma leakage, and organ failure. It is recommended that the pregnant individual should stay hydrated, and should stay under medical observation until recovery. Dengue fever can lead to premature delivery, low weight birth baby, and pre-eclampsia.

Dengue, Affect, Pregnancy
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There is a high possibility that the newborn baby may face preterm premature rupture of membranes also called PPROM, it also poses a high risk of death, and premature delivery. The effects vary when it comes to the new-born or the fetus of the mother. Doctors recommend paracetamol within six hours for the fever and the dose must not extend from four grams in 24 hours. Doctors highly prohibit the use of NSAID including aspirin, ibuprofen, and diclofenac sodium. Use the sponging technique for the fever that is to apply water sponge on the forehead and hands tackle the high fever. Fluid intakes like ORS, fruit juice, coconut water, and boiled food is recommended. Intake of 2.5 liters of clean water in a day. Dengue fever has taken a lot of lives in the past couple of years and the number is still rising. Even after the several operations by the government, India maintains a bad reputation when it comes to the deaths due to dengue fever. Every citizen is liable to keep their surroundings clean and make sure there are no glitches left behind that can give chance to the birth of dengue causing mosquitoes. Keep your water tanks clean, make sure you don’t leave your flower pots filled with water. Do not let rainwater to collect in any utensil, and do not leave water in open.

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