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The Dreaded D-word Season
One of my weakest moments as a mother is seeing my daughter suffer through any illness. In Selene’s three years and six months of existence, she has been hospitalized once – for pneumonia – and it pained me so much that during her confinement, I also fell ill myself because of too much anxiety and deep-seated frustration. So it’s quite understandable that every time the rainy season approaches, I put on my vigilant mom hat.
Why? Rainy season means dengue season and that is one of my greatest fears for my daughter – as I’ve suffered from the dreaded disease twice already. The latest was just this January where I was confined for 8 days – Christmas Eve until New Year’s Eve. Fun, right?
Dengue really sucks. And I mean, it makes you so weak that your whole body feels like you’re being sucked out of everything you need to function. The last time, I just woke up chilling with a high fever and the worst body aches (like the flu x1000 symptoms) that paracetamol can not bring down. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t get up from the bed.
The worst thing is there is no medicine for it. You just wait and pray for the disease to die down by drinking lots of water, hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more – because the insect bite dehydrates you much like diarrhea – except that the body fluids don’t come out through pooping but through plasma leakage.
What happens is – the patient’s arteries and veins suddenly have thousands of pinpoint holes due to the body’s reaction to the virus causing the fluids inside the blood vessels to sip out. I can’t imagine how little kids could handle such a disease when I, a fully grown 27-year-old adult, couldn’t even stand the pain and weakness I felt during the whole time. I wanted to release my frustration but I was too weak to.
After I got out of the hospital, I sort of became the Head of the Dengue Police at home that no mosquito lives for more than 5 seconds every time I spot them. I hoarded OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion for Kids for Selene – I even keep one in her diaper bag and one in my own bag for further vigilance. I used to skip on putting on repellents sometimes but after my hospital session, day and night, I always make sure we’ve slathered on or sprayed on some OFF! Lotion even when we’re just at home (especially since I suspect I caught the disease while we were at home).
This little girl is so funny! She always wants to put the repellent by herself but wants me to be the one to blend and massage it on her skin.
Protect Your Kiddos!
I would never want my daughter to suffer such a disease at a young age. I know how it feels and I can’t imagine how she’d feel going through it. OFF! Lotion for Kids is the one repellent I swear by for her especially since this little one is a mosquito bite magnet. Not only is it because it’s the most trusted brand in the market but it’s also ‘cos I’ve actually tried a few other brands – patches, bracelets, you name it – and discovered that they really aren’t as effective. Bite marks galore!
OFF! really does the job, though. I like that it’s not so citronella-infused (I am not a huge fan of the scent) and instead has that tropical fresh fragrance to it. It offers 3-hours sure protection and is also dermatologically-tested so it’s safe for kids’ skin. I also like that it absorbs fast, especially since Selene isn’t partial to sticky lotions just like her momma.
She never forgets to put repellent on me, either – because she remembers the time I was hospitalized for a month because I was bitten by a mosquito.
For a still-deadly disease that has no cure, prevention really is the way to go. And the only way to protect your kids is to always be vigilant in applying repellent as well as making sure there are no areas in your homes dengue-carrying mosquitoes will hold parties at.
I get my OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion in supermarkets and drugstores. The 50ml variant is Php76 while the 100ml one is priced Php135.
Selene wants to share the love!
1. Take a selfie/we-fie with your kid/family using any variant of OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion 2) Post it on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook and tell us what you like about OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion with the hashtag #OFFPeaceOfMind and #TheMistyMomxOFF. 3) Participants are allowed to submit multiple entries, but will be eligible for one (1) prize only. 4) Ten (10) winners will be selected randomly through electronic raffle. 5) Contest Period: July 22 – August 7, 2016
– Ten Winners of OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion Gift Pack (worth P600) – Ten Winners of P1,000 worth of Sodexo GC
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