What if my baby gets dengue?¹

Dengue is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. If you are traveling with your baby to an area with a risk of dengue, you should take steps to help protect yourself and your baby from mosquito bites. 

Symptoms of dengue in babies 

Dengue symptoms in babies may look like other common childhood infections.


See your doctor If your baby develops a fever while you’re traveling or within several weeks of returning home.


Seek emergency help if your baby’s fever or low temperature (less than 36°C or 96.8°F) is accompanied by any of the following:

  • Lethargy, excessive sleepiness, or irritability
  • A rash
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising, particularly of the gums, or nose
  • Vomiting at least 3 times in 24 hours



Severe dengue in babies 

Although most infections are not serious, symptoms of dengue can quickly become severe; severe dengue is a medical emergency that may require hospitalisation.

mild dengue


Caring for your sick baby at home 

If your doctor advises caring for your baby at home, you can help them by doing following:

  • Bring down their temperature:

      •  Give fever-reducing drugs if recommended by your doctor

      •  Give cool water sponge baths

  • Make sure they have plenty of fluids
  • Monitor your baby carefully: seek emergency help if your baby becomes dehydrated