How to protect your child from sickness during season change
Created by Dr.Jayashree Shiwalkar Updated on Nov 26, 2020
Season change can affect your child's health adversely. Colder weather during winter is conducive for the viruses to hang in the air. This can lead to allergies, irritation in lungs and problems in nasal passages leaving your child prone to issues like headache, body pain, cold and earache to name a few. That is exactly the reason why your child may end up being sick often during the seasons change. The real problem is when this happens frequently for prolonged duration, as that weakens a child's immune system making them more susceptible to germs.
If your child starts feeling slightly unwell with season changes, you may notice some of the below mentioned symptoms. Let us talk about the common symptoms that are accompanied with season change.
1. Cold & Cough - Sneezing, blocked nose, running nose are some common issues among children with hundreds of viruses flourishing with season change, your children may often complain of cold and cough.
2. Throat Infection - With season change, comes infections like sore throat and tonsillitis for a lot of children.
3. Headache - Season change also comes with heaviness in the head for some children. Infact, a lot of them experience Sinus pain, which can be quite troublesome.
4. Body Pain - Your child may also complain of mild-to-moderate body pain like shoulder, back, arms and even legs.
5. Fatigue - Most of the above issues can lead to your child feeling fatigued, while lacking interest in activities they enjoy doing when up and fit.
6. Earache - Issues like tonsillitis, sore throat can also lead to earache. Some children mainly experience during season change
Ways to Protect Your Child from Sickness and its Effects
Simple practices can help a great deal in protecting your child against sickness. This is a mix of diet, physical exercises, rest along with intervening with right medicines as and when required.
1) Nutrition - Make sure you give proper nutrition to your child. Vitamin C rich foods like Amla, Citrus fruits improve the immune system of your child's body helping them fight infections and diseases, and also reduce their severity.
Include Protein rich food as that will give strength to your child and also speeden up the recovery process.
Foods that are rich in Zinc can improve the immune system and help in dealing with issues like cold. It is also advisable to include a lot of fiber in your child's food.
2) Physical Activity - Exercise helps in strengthening muscles. A little bit of physical exercises, indoors or outdoors, can help your child stay fit and healthy.
3) Sleep - Take enough rest and sleep well as that can reduce the severity of the sickness.
4) Hydration - The importance of water cannot be emphasized enough. Give plenty of water or water-rich foods and drinks. Staying hydrated keeps the metabolism and body temperature regulated. Water just does not quench the thirst but also helps flush out toxins from the body. This facilitates other organs of the body to perform their functions well.
5) Simple Remedies - Follow simple practices that can help your child get relief
- Gargle with salt water to moisten a sore throat.
- Maintain hygiene and wash your hands regularly to keep germs away. - Sip hot liquids as it can relieve nasal congestion.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick as droplets from sneezing and coughing can infect others
6) Early Intervention
Make sure that you keep your first-aid kit well stocked. This is especially true when the season is changing, as you need to be prepared so your child's health does not worsen.
Keep medicines like Paracetamol Liquid and administer it with the advice of your doctor. It is a trusted medicine that can provide early relief to your children if they are feeling under the weather following the season change.
While keeping the medicines, take necessary precautions to keep these away from your child's reach. Opt for medicines that come with safety features like a child resistant cap to keep it out of your child's reach. This is very important if you have a curious child.
Also, while administering medicines, pay attention to the right way to do so. Follow these below tips to ensure effective results:
Paracetamol is not to be dosed on the basis of age alone. Weight is an important parameter that you need to consider while giving the medicine. Refer to the dosing chart to give the right dosage. The right way is to begin by shaking the bottle well, using the measuring cup that comes with Paracetamol Liquid and following the dosing chart.
Take necessary precautions proactively and in case your child feels unwell, diagnose early, intervene early and monitor them, so the season change does not disrupt their health and well-being.
Stay prepared! Stay protected!
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the author. This is a part of an awareness initiative on season change supported by Crocin Liquids. For any medical queries or advice please always consult your local registered medical practitioner.