10 Monsoon Health Watch Outs For Your Child
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on Jun 14, 2019
The rains have finally arrived, showing mercy on us and relieving us from the scorching heat. We can finally enjoy the cool showers, the loud thunderstorms, smell the aroma of fresh petrichor rising from the earth and watch the gloomy clouds cover the summer sky. On one side we feel these beautiful things but as a parent, on the other hand we start concerning over the health of our children. Monsoon showers tend to attract little children to have some fun and dancing in the rains suddenly becomes a hobby of the children who also fall sick frequently, thus, putting the parents in a panic mode. As a parent you realise that, no matter how enticing this season can be, it does pose with a lot of health threats to our young ones. In order to safeguard your child’s health, here are some monsoon health watch outs.
- Dietary concerns: Typhoid is a widespread during monsoon and mainly attacks children, who consume contaminated food and water. In order to protect your child from such diseases, it is better to feed him/her freshly cooked food at home. Avoid giving your child outside food as much as possible and only allow healthy home-made food.
- Following healthy diet: Boosting your child’s immunity should be on the top of your priority list. As you must only offer home-made food to your child, ensure every meal is packed with all the necessary vitamins and minerals that will provide your child with a stronger immunity to fight the germs and bacteria that grow during this season. Raw foods like salad are to be avoided as they get contaminated quickly. You must also not feed your child any leftovers unless they are well cooked or pre-heated.
- Staying hydrated: Flu and cold attacks people the most during this season and children who have a developing immunity are prone to a higher risk of catching such viruses. Remaining hydrated is the key to stay healthy as drinking enough water helps our bodily system to flush out the toxins. You must also note that contaminated water is the main cause of various diseases that spread during monsoon. So, it is better to boil the water before your family consumes it. Boiling or filtering the water thoroughly will flush out the germs and bacteria that give birth to many water-borne diseases.
- Appropriate outfits: Raincoats and umbrellas are a necessity during the monsoon. But apart from them, make sure your child wears loose fitted clothes that provide proper ventilation.
- Protecting the feet: We know how children love to jump in the little puddles that form on the roads. The muddy water brings a lot of water-borne diseases that your child may be at risk at, which is why gumboots will provide the right protection to your child’s feet. Also ensure that your child washes his/her hands and legs after coming from outside.
- Mosquito proofing: During monsoon a number of places become water-logged, which provides a perfect breeding ground for the mosquitoes that spread deadly diseases like malaria and dengue. Thus, make sure your surroundings are mosquito proof, which can be ensured by not allowing water to collect in your surroundings and keeping the household neat and dry. Wet shoes, wet umbrellas and raincoats drenched in the rain water can be kept outside to dry before getting it indoors.
- Preventing your child from mosquitoes: As a lot of mosquitoes can be found flying in and around your house, they can cause malaria and dengue, which can also prove to be fatal. Thus, a mosquito repellent should always be applied on your child’s hands, legs and face. Make sure your child does not go out to play or school without having mosquito repellent applied on the exposed body parts.
- Covering the food: Children, especially toddlers who like to have food by themselves pay no attention on their diet. They tend to play around while having food, while leaving their platter open, thus, inviting fleas and mosquitoes to sit on it. This can bring in a lot of germs that can prove to be harmful for your child. So make sure the food remains covered and teach the importance of the same to your child.
- Nail biting: Children are very inquisitive and love to run around their hands in every nook and corner. We never know where these little hands have been, which then proceeds toward their mouths, thus, consuming the germs and bacteria. Monsoon already poses a lot of health threats to children, which is why nail biting should be a big No-No during this season as germs collect under the nails, which can pass on to the children in no time. Also, trim your child’s nail on a regular basis as allowing them to grow will only help the germs and bacteria find some cover for themselves.
- Personal hygiene: As mentioned earlier, monsoon can invite a lot of germs and bacteria that can spread like wild fire. To ensure your family remains secured from the diseases, make sure you too maintain hygiene and teach your child the same. Sanitize or wash hands and feet thoroughly before cooking or eating meals or tell your child to have a lukewarm bath if he/she gets completely drenched in the rains.
Do not keep your child away from enjoying the rains but ensure they are properly safeguarded to fight against the horrors of monsoon such as the germs and bacteria. So parents, just follow these rules to have a safe and healthy monsoon.