Simple Tips For The Monsoon Season To Keep Your Toddler Protected
Come monsoons; it is time to say goodbye to the harsh summers! It can be a picture postcard, perfect for watching the pitter-patter of the rain from your balcony or enjoying some steaming hot delicacies as the rain showers drench the city. Monsoons, however, also come with their share of troubles. For one, they can lead to a number of health issues, especially for toddlers with low immunity. You could be dealing with all kinds of viral fever, respiratory infections, allergies, and more. The good news, however, is that with a little bit of effort and some precautions, you can ensure that the little ones have a joyful monsoon season.
Here are some handy tips. Whether your toddlers are at home or in a daycare, these simple but effective tips will keep them protected. Read on:
You absolutely need to make sure that you follow the child’s vaccination schedule without skipping any vaccine. Typhoid and Hepatitis vaccines are extremely important as they keep the child protected from Typhoid and Hepatitis A caused by infected food and water. Similarly, do make it a point to ensure that the annual influenza vaccine isn’t missed. It is imperative that you follow your pediatrician’s advice and keep the child protected with all essential vaccines.
2. Well-balanced diet
Monsoon is as good a time as any other to ensure that the child follows a nutritious diet. With many diseases doing the rounds, ensure that the food and water the child takes in is hygienic. You must also avoid raw food as much as possible, as well as ensure that the child drinks boiled water. Make sure also that the child washes their hands before every meal.
Including Tulsi leaves, ginger, turmeric, seasonal fresh fruits, and dry fruits in the diet can also go a long way in building immunity. Probiotics in yogurt also help prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases. Vitamin A-rich foods, especially those found in fruits and veggies, egg yolk, and more, are also good for building immunity. Pro-tip – Do ensure that the fruits are not cut and exposed before consumption. Hot beverages such as milk and vegetable soups also work well in this season!
Ensure that the child remains hydrated, as dehydration can make them more vulnerable to infections. Reminding them to sip some water every few hours will be a good idea. Keeping their favorite tumbler filled with water handy will make the job simpler.
An important aspect of building immunity is physical exercise. Do ensure that the children get enough of it. If the weather does not permit outdoor activity, do ensure they take some jumping, skipping, or other physical activities indoors to keep them healthy and active.
5. Keep surroundings clean
With a lot of diseases spread by mosquitoes, it is important to keep surrounding areas clean. Efforts must especially be undertaken to see that there is no stagnant water that can become a potential ground for the breeding of mosquitoes. Watch out for potential culprit areas such as water coolers, plants, and more.
6. Right clothes
This aspect is often missed. However, it is important to choose clothes that do not retain moisture. Also, since fungal infections are rising, wet clothes and shoes must be kept dry outside. You also need to be careful about any growth of germs on carpets, curtains, and more. Children must be asked to wash their feet properly with lukewarm water once they come from outside.
Additionally, remember that the child should wear long-sleeved clothing this season so that there is minimal exposed area prone to mosquito bites.
Since monsoons are a period where diseases thrive, as far as possible, be careful that the child does not come in close contact with anyone who is sick. If someone at home is unwell, you need to take proper care to ensure that the place is kept clean and that infection-causing germs do not spread from one to the other. Body fluids, especially, transmit germs; you, therefore, need to ensure that the child is protected.
8. Mosquito Net
The use of mosquito nets or repellents is advisable to keep them protected from mosquito bites that are a source of a number of diseases during the monsoon season.
To Sum Up
The monsoon season can be a delightful time for children. With these precautions, you can ensure that they enjoy the magic that rains bring! If the child falls ill despite all these precautions, do not panic. It is best that the child stays at home and that you follow medical advice. High fever, difficulty breathing, and severe cough could all be indicative of an infection. Do not, therefore, delay seeing a doctor. Similarly, if the child has bouts of vomiting or diarrhoea, keep them hydrated and see a doctor. With the right treatment, you will soon find your child healthy and happy again!
Here’s to making some delightful memories this monsoon season.