WILD Diseases that are widespread during Rainy Season

Beware of WILD diseases during rainy season. WILD stands for  Waterborne diseases, Influenza, Leptospirosis, and Dengue.

Waterborne diseases are common during rainy season especially when children drink contaminated water. If it happens children may suffer from diarrhea or cholera. Parents should look for signs of dehydration like little urinary, parched, and haggard eyes.

Influenza  – more commonly known as the flu. This is characterized by colds, cough and fever . Child who has flu is advised to stay at home and not to go to school.  Influenza is usually heals within 5-7 days. Paracetamol should be given to the patient and not antibiotic. However if the child has a hard time breathing or taking more than 40 breaths per min, it could be pneumonia, if this is the case the child should immediately be brought in the hospital

Leptospirosis – bacterial infections from infected urine of rat. Even after the flood, it is not safe to play in the mud because the disease is transmitted here.

Dengue – Public urged to destroy breeding places of mosquitoes to avoid this deadly disease. To avoid mosquito bites especially the children be sure to wear long sleeves and long pants. 

Do It Yourself Insect Repellent

It is rainy season once again. One of the illnesses that we are afraid of during rainy season is the deadly dengue, this is cause by the bite of mosquito called Aedes Aegypti.  Say no to mosquitoes. One way to prevent the harmful bite of  photo insect repellent_zpsjufxdi8u.jpegmosquito is by using insect repellent. We all know insect repellent is not cheap so it’s best to find other alternatives or make our own insect repellent.

I saw this on TV; do it yourself insect repellent, I find it easy and cheap to make so I will surely make any of these insect repellent.

1)  Lemon Citrus Insect Repellent

Citrus fruits like lemon contains lemonine which mosquito and other insects doesn’t like the smell. It is easy to make the solution, all you have to do is boil water and put slices of lemon when the water is already boiling, wait until the extract comes out. After this let it cool, filter and transfer in a spray bottle. You can use 1 lemon only. It is advice to apply the solution every hour because this is a mild lemon base insect repellent.

2) Essential Oil insect repellent – we can make this kind of repellent using different kinds of oil such as essential oil, castor oil and alcohol. Essential oil gets from natural sources like flower, seed of plants, and fruits. Alcohol is also needed because this serves as the carrier of essential oil that will make the solution absorbs in the skin. Aside from alcohol olive oil and cooking oil can be used as carrier.

How to make Essential Oil insect repellent?

1 Tbsp alcohol, mix with 1 tbsp oil, 10 drops of castor oil and 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice. They said the most effective is citronella and eucalyptus oil. Mix all together and put in spray bottle.

3) Lemongrass Insect repellent

Citronella is known as natural shield in mosquito but it is more effective if mix with lemongrass. Citronella is also from lemongrass family so it’s ok to combine.

If the mosquitoes smell citronella, eucalyptus, lemon oil and lemongrass they are destructed and tend to go other direction.

To do the solution, slice lemongrass and mix in small pieces of citronella, put in blender. If it’s already refined, transfer in a bowl and put 1 tbsp oil. Boil in a saucepan to get the extract. Let it cool, strain and put in spray bottle.

Voila, three easy do it yourself Insect Repellent. All these are environment friendly, effective, and very cheap to make.

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Ways to prevent dengue

Still dengue remains a problem here in the country. Dengue fever is a serious case because it can lead to demise if not treated early. And the kind of weather we have today there are many mosquitoes wandering around. We should take extra precaution because everyone without exception can be a victim of dengue fever. In fact, there is no age limit because there were reports before that less than month old experienced dengue. So we need to be very careful at all times. Let us start by making our environment clean. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water so make sure to cover all water containers. Mosquito can create multiple eggs which only mean more mosquitoes are coming.

Here are other ways to prevent dengue

When your child is playing make sure they are wearing long-sleeved clothing and pants especially outdoors activity. Make sure it is comfortable like cotton clothes. 

Have install mosquito screens on windows. 

Use sprays, creams or other mosquito repellents. 

Many are not using mosquito net but this is a big help. 

Make sure to cover water containers or any other water pails to stop mosquito from breeding. 

We should change the water in flower vases at least once a week. 

Close the window especially in the late afternoon.  

Dengue is a serious case so we should not ignore it. We don’t want to see our love ones carrying this kind of sick. As the saying goes prevention is better than cure so I hope we should do our part. 

Anyway, I saw OFF liquid lotion on sale. It is a kind of insect repellent. I purchased 100 ml and received another 50 ml bottle for free. Though I’m not sure if OFF lotion is the best insect repellent but many of the mommies are using this product so I am giving this a try.