Asthma and Respiratory Care during Diwali—8 things to try
Created by Ankita A Talwar Updated on Oct 15, 2017
Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time of celebration and family bonding. However, the festival comes with its share of things we need to watch out to care children's – high levels of air pollution, and noise pollution. While the noise pollution is limited to a few days, till the excitement of the firecrackers, dies out, air pollution carries on for many more days.With high levels of pollution already making the quality of air we breathe, poor, the smoke and particulate matter during Diwali make things worse. Read on to find out how you can be prepare your toddlers this Diwali season.
What Are The Common Health Issues During Diwali?
In combination with pollution from vehicles, and, of late, crop burning, the smoke from Diwali firecrackers can cause various respiratory and cardio-vascular illnesses. Here are some common health issues that are caused, or worsened at this time.
- Asthma: The smoke and pollutants in the air can increase the risk of an asthma attack, and firecrackers aggravate this immensely
- Respiratory illnesses: Sulphur dioxide and other pollutants in the air can result in various respiratory problems – including allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, and bronchitis among others
- Skin conditions: The pollutants in the air can also cause skin conditions and allergies
- Burns: This is an obvious risk associated with firecrackers, and extra care needs to be taken with children
How To Make Diwali Stress-Free?
While you cannot avoid this pollution totally, you can prepare to reduce its impact your child, and yourself. Here are a few tips.
- Prepare in advance: If your child is prone to any breathing ailments, which can get aggravated, then check if his pediatrician recommends increasing the dosage of his medication. Consider nebulization, too, after consulting your pediatrician.
- Plan the dosage of medicine: For children, with chronic breathing problems, who take inhalers or nebulizers, plan the nebulization so as to cover the entire day. Speak to your doctor and have a chart made from him.
- Nasal irrigation: Nasal irrigation helps in washing out the allergens and mucous from the respiratory passages. Nasal irrigators available in the market can be used for this purpose, or even a saline water wash is helpful. Older children can do jail neti (a yoga technique for cleansing the nostrils and sinuses).
- Saline nasal sprays and steam: Keep saline nasal sprays handy. Once your child is back from the outdoors, and seems to show any symptoms of allergy or irritation, use some saline nasal drops. Similarly, steam is also very helpful and safe for releasing mucous. You can administer steam on a daily basis for a few minutes, and it is quite safe too.
- Pay attention to hygiene: Ask your child to wash his hands frequently, gently wash his eyes and blow his nose if he is feeling any sort of irritation.
- Avoid outdoors in high pollution times: Evenings are generally a time when the air is highly polluted, so avoid taking your child outdoors. Instead plan play dates for him indoors.
- Cover face and mouth: If your child is particularly sensitive to smoke, teach him to cover his face and mouth with a cotton handkerchief, when bursting firecrackers or when he is in the vicinity of firecrackers. Physical barriers like these help in controlling the intake of some pollutants, at least.
- Try good old home remedies: Some home remedies such as making a kadha (a concoction with different herbs and spices boiled in water) and giving your child everyday helps keep him healthy. Similarly, black pepper or ginger (adrak) added to soups, badi elaichi boiled in milk are known to help boost immunity.
- Avoid smoking, and passive smoking: Smoking adds to all the pollution, making it tough for your child. Avoid smoking areas in parties and functions.
- Warm water: Ask your child to keep taking sips of warm water through the day. This helps in flushing out toxins from the system, while keeping him hydrated.
Building your child's immunity is not a day's work. It takes effort on a daily basis in the form of a good diet and plenty of exercise. Whatever you do, your child does. So practice a healthy lifestyle, have a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and all essential nutrients. Didn't someone say – you are what you eat! Have a happy and safe Diwali!
Did you find these tips on dealing with respiratory issues during Diwali, useful? Share your feedback with us in the comments section!
| Oct 17, 2017
| Oct 16, 2017
quite Handy pointers as far as reducing the impact of Diwali's pollution on our children is concerned. thanks for sharing..
| Oct 15, 2017
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| Nov 26, 2015
i wish i had read this earlier... so helpful
| Nov 20, 2015
Hi Sandhya, A good kadha for the child would be, tulsi leaves, badi elaichi, adrak (or saunth), black pepper, mulethi (specially if there is a sore throat), laung. Boil down till the water is dark, strain and give the child a small teaspoon mixed with honey. But only give the child, if he is old enough to tolerate such warming herbs else he might get a tummy problem. Give slightly warm, 3-4 times a day.
| Nov 13, 2015
Thank u for u r post how to make khada for children for immunity