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Reasons why your child feels unwell with the season change

Dr Rakesh Tiwari
3 to 7 years

Created by Dr Rakesh Tiwari
Updated on Nov 25, 2020

Reasons why your child feels unwell with the season change
Reviewed by Expert panel

 

You must have heard your child complaining about cold & cough, weakness and body pain.  Children can get under the weather as the season changes. Some of the common symptoms include cold, body pain, lethargy, and earache.

As the ambient temperature changes, it allows a group of viruses to flourish and it is these viruses that are more often than not, responsible for your child’s sickness. In fact, certain viruses flourish and spread more in cold weather.

The change in season comes with a host of these illnesses that your child can catch. Most of the viruses attack the respiratory system - the lungs and airways including nose and throat causing symptoms like 

 

  • Cold & Cough - More than 200 different viruses can lead to cold, making cold & cough extremely common. It is often accompanied with sneezing, running nose and pain.

  • Body Pain - The child complains of body ache and pain

  • Fatigue - Your child may refuse to do activities that they rather enjoy and complain of tiredness.

  • Headache -  Your children can complain of headache and these can range from mild and dull to severe, making your child irritated.

  • Earache - Earache is a common issue among children. Some of the causes of earache include sinus infection, tonsillitis, earwax or sometimes also teeth grinding.  Pain in ears can get aggravated with the change in season. 

 

How to Protect Your Child From Sickness that Comes with Season Change

 

  • Timely Intervention - Ensure that your first-aid kit is stocked up with basic medicines like Paracetamol Liquid. It is also advisable to keep medicines that come with a safety feature like a safety cap to keep it out of your child’s reach. 

(a close shot of CRC Cap with the bottle will come here)

 

Besides this, your medicine box should be updated with nasal drops, bandages etc. You should also keep a Mercury or digital thermometer to measure body temperature. A good skin cream for skin related issues like eczema is a must during winters. You can also keep a saline nasal wash which is helpful for managing nasal blockage and hygiene for the upcoming season. 


 

  • Nutrition - It is important for your child to eat a well-balanced diet. A lot of cells in our immune system need Vitamin C to fight infections and keep illnesses away. With the season change, give extra importance to your family’s diet by including Vitamin C rich foods like oranges, lemons, papaya, kiwi etc as these act as a booster dose for infection fighting cells.

 

Not just that, include fibre rich foods, protein rich foods and antioxidants for a better immune system of your child. 

 

  • Physical Activity - Some amount of physical activity on a regular basis boosts the immune system.

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  • Good Sleep - Make sure your child is getting enough rest and plenty of sleep as this can help them handle seasonal sickness in a better way.

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  • Hydration - Make sure your child drinks plenty of water as it can help flush out toxins from the body. As the season changes, it becomes even more important to stay well hydrated as water helps in the regulation of body temperature. If your child is not drinking enough water, their throat could become dry making it easier for germs to enter.

 

  • Layer  their clothing appropriately - If there is a cold, add a layer and in case it is warm, remove a layer. Dressing up your child appropriately is very important.



 

Also, make sure you give the right dosage. Correct dosage of the medicine is very important, and you only see results when you are giving medicine the right way. 

 

The dosage is dependent on factors like weight and may vary from one child to another even if they are of the same age. Follow the guidelines carefully.

 

Few tips to give the right dosage for effective results:

 

  1. Paracetamol should be dosed according to weight and not based on age alone

  2. Refer to the dosing chart to give the right dosage

  3. Shake the bottle well

  4. Paracetamol Liquid comes with a measuring cup. Use  it to measure the dose. Do not use a spoon or rough estimates.

 

Importance of Timely Intervention

 

It is helpful to diagnose, treat and monitor. Steps that are taken in the first 2 days can make the symptoms mild and your child can get better in a lesser number of days. It is important to be prepared and to take the right measures. Frequent illness and for prolonged duration can be detrimental to your child’s health and development and so it is important to take proactive and timely steps. 

 




 

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.

 

 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Nov 26, 2020

very well written. Thanks doctor. season is chamging drastically .

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| Nov 26, 2020

thank you for sharing this Dr. this season change makes our lives tougher given that we have. the mother os viruses- covid anyways in our lives. this is helpful definitely.

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| Nov 26, 2020

This dosage chart is so good . Thanks Parentune . This will help in monitoring what and how much to give.

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| Nov 27, 2020

My child doesn't want to eat sour food items. How can I incorporate Vitamin C rich food items in his diet? Please suggest.

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| Nov 27, 2020

My daughter is 2 months old and has fever since last two days. Her weight is 3. 2 kgs. What is the right dosage for her and how many times a day it can be given?

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| Nov 28, 2020

Very informative article! Thanks for sharing Doctor!👍

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| Nov 28, 2020

All these symptoms appear in my child too during transition from summer to winters and her immunity is weak too . Can I give this medicine to her? In how much quantity?

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| Nov 29, 2020

Very useful ! 😊😊

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| Nov 29, 2020

My 7 months old child has cough and runny nose from last week. Can I give this medicine to him?please guide what should be the dosage given to him?

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| Nov 30, 2020

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| Nov 30, 2020

Amazing write up! Please do keep sharing such useful blogs .

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| Dec 01, 2020

Very well written!

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| Dec 01, 2020

Sardi khansi aur sabhi bimariyon ka ek kamyaab nuskha. Thank you Crocin.

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| Dec 03, 2020

Can this medicine be given in cough?

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