Mosquitoes thrive in hot, humid areas, which is why it is not surprising that a tropical country like the Philippines is usually a hotspot for mosquito-borne diseases. These include dengue, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, Zika...and the list goes on.
Mosquitoes are known to propagate during the wet season, but infectious disease specialist, Dr. Carmina Delos Reyes, advised parents to practice year-round dengue prevention, even after the rainy season. “Dati sa Pilipinas, seasonal ang occurrence ng dengue. Tag-ulan at tag-baha, doon lang ang rise in cases." We now know dengue can happen anytime of the year.
When you get bitten by a dengue virus-carrying mosquito, it usually takes about four to 10 days before the symptoms appear. By then, it becomes a full-blown disease that will need immediate medical attention since it could be fatal in some cases.
Everyone needs protection from these nasty insects but kids can be mosquito magnets. Did you know that aside from being attracted to the warm body of a pregnant woman, mosquitoes also find the scent of your sweaty toddler appealing?
Mosquito repellents are no longer optional, and the moms from SmartParenting.com.ph's Parent Chat agree! If you're headed out with your little one, make sure to slather him or her with protection using these brands real moms trust.