Chikungunya in child? Things to do…

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Dr. Abu Sayeed Shimul

We know many things about Chikungunya. Children like adults, but this disease can be. So it is necessary to know about this disease. It can be a very young child and even children under 2 years old. On the other hand, if the mother is not susceptible to the infection of the child after the disease is affected, even if the mother is infected within a week before the baby is born, the newborn can also be infected with this disease. In that case, there may be many brain problems. It can appear as a long-term complication.

The word chikungunya comes from African Marundi language. It means breaking or bending. The disease emerged in Tanzania in 1952-53. Later in 1960, Chikungunya’s fever was observed in South Asia. The virus was identified by the bank in 1960. The disease occurred in Sri Lanka in 1969, in Calcutta, Vellore and Maharashtra in 1964. In 2005-2006, again in Chikungunya disease in India. In December 2008, Chikungunya appeared in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Symptoms of the disease

Symptoms of this disease are fever, headaches, bone pain, pain in the eyes and pain in the eye. Three to five days when the fever starts to decrease, the itching and rash or reddish grains continue to appear. This rash lasts two to three days. But children do not have many rashes. Instead, there are brownish brown or dark brown grains. There are fewer children with bone pain like adults. However, the pain of pain in those children who suffer from bone is severe. Another exception to children is the problem of brain or nerves. This is what we call neurological lamps. They are more than children. Such as: congestion, encephalitis.

Generally any virus increases the fever gradually. However, many children with chikungunya may suddenly bring a severe fever.

This type of disease like Dengue is spread through the mosquito AIDS, but there is some difference with the dengue. Although bone pain in the dengue does not cause inflammation or inflamation, but this disease is bone inflammation. So there is acute pain in the bones and throats. Again, there is a danger of blood clotting of platelets in the dengue, but there is less chance of chikungunya.

Lowering blood pressure in the internal fluid or intra vascular fluid in the dengue can reduce blood pressure. Even children can go away. However, there is less risk of plasma leakage and shock in Chikungunya.

Chikungunya can be estimated roughly by observing signs and with some common tests. Of course, for dengue tests, it should be ensured that it is not dengue. Besides, there are antibody tests for Chikungunya Disease. But in most cases it is not needed.


Typically enough water, fluid, coconut water, fruit juice etc., with the age of adulterants, they are better in adulthood. Pain in the bone or joint pain will reduce the pain. Physiotherapy can be given to a little less pain. Chikunagunia can cause bone pain in one to two months. But if the pain of more than 10 days of bone is permanent and the test is confirmed that it is not dengue, painkiller may be given. Most of the children are healed in seven to 10 days of this disease and they can be treated at home. However, if the pain is severe, if the bleeding occurs, when the baby is disturbed or unconscious, the child should be admitted to the hospital for less than one year.

Authors: Pediatricians and Consultants
DMC and Magbazar Insaf Barakah