Rainy Season Health Precautions Checklist For Infants
Created by Ambili S Kartha Updated on Oct 19, 2018
Infants are prone to illness due to their low immunity. Rainy season, even though bring relief from the hot and scorching summers, also carry several infections with it. The moist and humid weather is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other microbes. Your toddler is at high risk for getting exposed to many unfavorable diseases like malaria, dengue and also microbial infections and these waterborne diseases. Doing something to completely avoid all this is not possible. This makes baby care in monsoon very tricky.
However, no need to get panic. You can help your infant to enjoy the rainy season by keeping some simple monsoon care tips for infants in your mind. Continue reading to understand how to keep baby healthy through the weather changes.
Rainy Season Health Tips For Babies:
Read on to find out what you should do and what you shouldn't do for this monsoon for your baby. Make a rainy season safety checklist now...
Watch Out for the Symptoms of Illness:
In case you notice any signs of infection, like, fever, sneezing, joint pain, breathing issues, etc. contact your pediatrician right away.
Store Must-have Medicines:
Always keep common cold and flu medicines handy at your home during the winter season. Just in case the doctor is unavailable that time you can rely on it. However, you have to consult your doctor earlier about the dosage. When it comes to caring the baby in monsoon, both indoor and outdoor care is equally important. This health checklist for babies in the monsoon will definitely help you.
What Rainy Season Indoor Precautions You Care About:
Weather fluctuations are quite sharp in the monsoon season. It can range from hot and humid to sudden cold weather. Give your toddler regular bath in warm water. Never hesitate to bathe him as and when he gets dirty even if it is raining outside. The regular bath helps to prevent the buildup of sweat, dirt, and germs on his skin. Also, there's no harm using oil for massaging your toddler as long as you use an oil that is suitable for his or her skin. After the bath, always ensure that you dry your toddler thoroughly, especially in the areas where the skin folds (like underarms, neck, genitals and other creases in their body).
You have to buy a good deal of clothes to ensure proper comfort for baby health care during monsoon. As the weather fluctuations are quite frequent during monsoon, you should buy comfortable cotton cloths to beat humidity and also some warm clothes so that he or she doesn't catch a cold. Proper monsoon baby dresses are one of the prime factors in maintaining the health of your toddler.
Another important matter is that during the rainy season it is difficult to completely dry the clothes. Even little moisture sandwiched between the threads of the clothes can bring about chill waves to the baby. Ensure baby’s clothes are dried sufficiently. You can iron his or her cloth to ensure it is not damp. Remember, wearing damp clothes also lead to skin infections.
Also, suggest always wear socks inside the house during the cold rainy day.
Set the Room Temperature to Normal:
A sudden drop and rise in the temperature may adversely affect your child’s health. Always try to keep your house dry. If you do not have a room heater, you can regulate the room temperature of your baby to some extent by keeping the windows & doors closed.
Ensure the Cleanliness:
Wipe floor at least twice a day with a germ-free solution. Your infant and his toys are constantly in touch with those surfaces. Also, makes sure all the members of your house remove their footwear outside the house to avoid carrying germs into the house.
Also, ask them to use hand sanitizer before touching your infant. If the infant is bottle feeding, sterilize his bottle and utensils after each use.
Take Measures to Keep Toddler Away from Insects and Mosquitoes:
Saving your infant from mosquito bites is very important as mosquitoes are the carriers of many diseases. For this:
- Always make your baby wear light-colored cotton clothes with sleeves, especially during the evenings. Do you know the mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors? It can bite at night or during the day. The cloth should cover your toddler's arms and legs
- Use mosquito nets on their bed while sleeping
- Use a mosquito repellent in your toddler’s room
- Stick a wire mesh on windows and doors
- Apply a mosquito repellent cream on their body or clothes
Take Fresh Food:
Make sure your toddler always has given fresh food to eat. Also, should not forget to wash your hands and those of your toddler's thoroughly before and after eating. Due to the humidity, the body is at its lowest in terms of digestion capacity. Therefore, give your child light and easy to digest food during monsoons.
Always avoid following things in your child day to day foods..
- Giving too much of fried or spicy/ oily foods
- Giving too salty or sour food (like pickles)
- Giving raw foods such as pre-cut fruit, sprouts or salads. The chances of contamination are more during the rainy season
- Giving semi-cooked mushrooms, eggs, or seafood, and cold cuts as well
- Giving fruit or vegetable juices from stalls. We can't be sure about the quality of water or ice they use. Waterborne diseases are common during monsoon and we don't have to increase its risk
Try to include foods that are rich in anti-oxidants as they will help boost your toddler’s immune system. All leafy greens or underground vegetables like carrot, though rich in antioxidants, should be thoroughly washed and preferably boiled before consumption.
- Give your toddler seasonal fruits such as pomegranates, bananas, litchi, peaches, berries, apple, pears etc.
- Always feed your toddler properly cooked food during monsoon season
- Instead of frying, opt for steamed or grilled food
- If needed, you can give the juices and milk packed in environment-friendly Tetra Pak
- Also, opt for coconut water or homemade fruit juices
During monsoon, special care has to be taken when it comes to the water intake. Always use boiled and cooled water even for mixing formula or for diluting fruit juices. Avoid outside water, carry a bottle of water when you plan going out with your toddler.
What Rainy Season Outdoor Safety Precautions:
Childcare in the rainy season, as we mentioned earlier is tricky. Unlike infants, you can’t keep your toddler always indoors. Here are some tips to protect babies from the rainy season when he is outdoors.
Keep Surrounding Clean:
Make sure the surroundings of your house are clean. The garden or plants around your house should be trimmed before the rain starts. Make certain the drains are cleaned. Avoiding waterlogging is very important as it allows mosquitoes to breed. Read ways to cope up with diaper rash in monsoon season
Care when He Plays Outdoors:
Make sure your toddler does not play in wet, muddy area. That area will be the place where the infection causing microbes thrive.
Apply Mosquito Repellent:
Apply child-friendly mosquito repellent cream on your toddler’s skin or cloth or pram whenever you take him outdoors.
Keep Baby Away from People who are Sick:
Contagious viral infections are extremely common during monsoons. With low immunity infants and toddler easily catch infections. Therefore, keep your child away from those who have flu or any kind of infection.
Never let them Play in the Rain:
Never let your toddler play in the rain. Unlike those old times, due to different kinds of pollution, even rainwater is not safe for the children. Give your toddler a hot bath if he gets dripping wet in the rain. Read what rainy seaosn preacutions you care about.
A big NO to the First Shower:
Not allow your toddler to get into the first showers of the monsoon since they can be acidic and could harm baby’s delicate skin.
Avoid Crowded Places:
Avoid going to crowded places with your infant. Crowded places like malls are hot spots for microbes. And remember, most of the monsoon infections are highly contagious
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| Jun 12, 2018
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