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How to keep a baby comfortable in monsoon—7 tips

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How to keep a baby comfortable in monsoon7 tips

Children are fond of the monsoons, as they love getting wet in the rains. But this season is dreaded by mothers. The high humidity, heat, exhaustion, excessive sweating are some factors that make even the most cheerful of children cranky and irritable. But for the little ones—newborns, infants, and babies—the sweltering heat poses some more hidden dangers such as stomach and skin ailments, indigestion, allergies from insect bites, etc. Our quick monsoon guide here tells you how to take care of the babies when it rains.

1.       Keep little ones indoors when it is raining: Children love to get wet in the rain, but for the smaller ones, especially those under or close to 12 months of age, rains may spell some trouble. If an infant gets wet in the rain, it can cause skin rashes, runny nose, and fever etc, since their immunity is still not strong enough.  You can sit with them in a covered patio or balcony to let them enjoy the weather, but limit direct exposure.

2.       Insect repellents are a must:  Use insect/mosquito repellent when stepping outdoors as during monsoon there is an increase in the population of bugs, insects, and spiders etc.  You can choose from natural (that contain citronella) or medicated ones. Also, keep the arms and legs of the infant covered despite using the repellent cream. In case of an insect/mosquito bite, rubbing an ice-cube helps reduce the swelling and gives relief from itchiness.  Also, aloe vera gel may prove to be handy.

3.       Safe clothing: Keep baby’s attire simple, and made of pure, breathable fabrics such as cotton and mal-mal. Avoid too many frills or clothes with multiple layers. Do not go for clothes fabricated from synthetic material as synthetic tends to trap in the sweat next to the skin, giving rise to a host of skin complaints. Also, change clothes frequently and wash as frequently as possible. Make the child wear clothes that are loose and comfortable to let the sweat evaporate. When stepping outdoors, do carry a rain-coat cover for the pram, in case you get caught in the rain accidentally.

4.        Ambient temperature: There is always a debate on how cool a room should be for the baby during the monsoon (since the temperature fluctuates a lot in this season). We tend to work on adult perception that since it is so hot, our baby needs the air-conditioner, but children adapt to changing temperatures better than adults. Focus should be on the right clothing rather than the room temperature. Cover the baby’s legs and arms etc in loose clothing such as a pajama or a full-sleeve tee in a cold room. Keep the child away from direct drafts of air be it from the A/C or the fan. When dressing the child in a birthday dress, or a wedding dress, ensure arms are covered by putting a cotton tee-shirt underneath.

5. Watch out for stomach ailments: As the humidity is a perfect time for bacteria to breed, ensure you exercise maximum caution where hygiene is concerned, especially with an infant. If the baby takes expressed breast milk through a bottle, it is suggested that the bottle, breast pump and all its parts be sterilized using a steam sterilizer rather than boiling. One of the simplest ways for a new mother to sterilize would be to use a steam steriliser. A steriliser uses natural steam to sterilise baby bottles and other products without using chemicals. It is better to choose a sterilizer that is spacious enough to accommodate not only bottles but also other accessories and toys like breast pump, soothers, toys, etc. Anything that may find its way into a baby's mouth!

 

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6. Opt for nourishing liquids and light meals: Newborns, still on breastfeed, get their hydration from mother’s milk so just ensure baby is not hungry. Children, who have been weaned off, or on formula, might require additional liquids. Choose healthy drinks such as tender coconut water, thin lassi, or fresh fruit juice. The ambient humidity suppresses the thirst signals but that does not mean the body doesn’t require liquids. Also, keep meals fresh, light and small rather than a big heavy meal, which can be taxing on the baby’s digestion.

7.       Watch out for skin infections: Monsoon is also a time when most children end up with fungal infections and skin rashes. In case the baby wears a diaper, change frequently. Also, let the skin breathe between the diaper changes.  Ensure there is no water trapped in the folds of the skin, or in the soft skin between the fingers after a bath. You may check with your paediatrician for a talcum powder safe for the baby’s skin.

 

Disclaimer: This blog is a special initiative to help mothers take care of their babies during monsoon and is supported by Philips Avent

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| Jul 17, 2017

useful lines.... thanks .

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| Jul 15, 2017

thanks for very helpful information

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| Jul 14, 2017

nice information shared.. very helpful..

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| Jul 14, 2017

very useful blog. please suggest mosquito repellent for 3 Mon old baby

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| Jul 14, 2017

Thanks

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks for the suggestions. very helpful message

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks nice

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 14, 2017

great knowledge.....

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| Jul 14, 2017

Thanks for giving us such information time to time.... !!

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks for the very useful information.

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| Jul 14, 2017

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| Jul 14, 2017

vry useful info

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| Jul 14, 2017

very useful info

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| Jul 14, 2017

thank u so much for such a great information.. bt my 7 months old baby is not gaining weight. what should I do... pls tell me

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| Jul 14, 2017

thank you for guidence.... we will definitely take care ..

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| Jul 14, 2017

thank yo ufor tips... my little daughter is just 4 months .. which repellent can I use

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| Jul 08, 2017

Very usefully information

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| Jul 05, 2017

for rashes in monsoon what r the precaution taken

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| Aug 17, 2016

@Yogita you may start the other top feed for your baby like sooji ki kheer, besan ka sheera as your 7 months old baby is ready for semi-solid meal so do offer that to him. In addition, you may also cook khichdi (ensuring that both dal and the rice are cooked so thoroughly that it can be easily mashed with the help of a spoon)

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| Aug 06, 2016

its too important... so thank you

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| Aug 05, 2016

Thanku

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| Aug 05, 2016

Very useful tips..

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| Aug 04, 2016

nice tips

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| Aug 01, 2016

tnx

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| Jul 14, 2016

Really useful info

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| Jul 12, 2016

useful information

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| Jul 06, 2016

my 7 month baby is not gaining weight.. what to do

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| Jul 02, 2016

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| Jul 02, 2016

8ug

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| Jul 02, 2016

my daughter is 4 year 3 months ,she is intelligent& quick attraction the others& understanding the parents,others, but she not eating both vegetables,fruits. please give me a suggestion what i do.

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| Jul 02, 2016

yaaa... its very useful for every mother. ..Thank you.

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| Jul 02, 2016

very helpful thnks for d advice

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| Jul 02, 2016

Thnx for the advice

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| Jul 02, 2016

Thank you!

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| Jul 02, 2016

Thnx

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| Jul 01, 2016

dkn m

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| Jul 01, 2016

such a great advice thanks...

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| Jul 01, 2016

thanks a lot

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| Jul 01, 2016

Hey this is an interesting read! Monsoon does bring so much worry to the moms of all ages! More so to the new moms.

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| Jun 30, 2016

thanks for a good information..

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| Jun 30, 2016

thanks for a good information..

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| Jun 30, 2016

Thanks a lot

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| Jun 30, 2016

thanks for info

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| Jun 30, 2016

Thanks for the information :)

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| Jun 30, 2016

good information. ..thanks.

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