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Ruchi Bhargava

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Apr 02, 2014

Hi My son will be 19 months old by June, 5. I am planning for his admissions in Kidzee near our locality at Mumbai. On the hand I am afraid of infections due to rainy season here (June, July, August). The session starts fro June here. Pls advice.

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Dr Vaneet Parmar

| Apr 05, 2014

Dear Ruchi, When the child catches a cold or a cough, before starting a treatment it is necessary to identify whether it is because of allergy or a viral infection. Both have a different line of treatment. When it is a nasal or a throat allergy, it will generally magnify in early morning hours or late evenings. A doctor will be able to look at the symptoms and diagnose it correctly. But these days, allergies are on the rise because of erratic weather conditions and pollination. While there is not much you can do about it, you can focus on the child’s diet to boost his immunity. Give him enough fruits and vegetables to eat, along with a couple of dry fruits (provided he doesn’t react to them). There is really no allopathic medicine to boost immunity but some supplements—zinc and Vitamin C—are available that perhaps can help in boosting immunity. Also, do ensure the child is not anaemic. Children who are majorly on a milk diet lack enough iron in their blood and are prone to anaemia and hence have low-immunity. A simple blood test can spot anaemia. You will need to take corrective actions such as including more iron-rich foods in his diet and consult with a doctor for iron supplements.

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| Apr 03, 2014

Dear Ruchi. It is true that children may fall ill more once they start going to school/ play school. Exposure to germs also helps in developing an immunity to them. Once you child starts going to playschool, ensure that you wash his hands thoroughly after he returns home, change his clothes and wash them after each wear if you prefer. Make sure he drinks water only from his bottle and make this clear to the teachers. Some part of this we cannot help, so a little precaution from our end helps in maintaining hygiene as much as possible. So relax and let him enjoy socializing :)

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Parentune Support

| Apr 03, 2014

Hi Ruchi! We understand your concern with the changing weather. Perhaps, what one could do at best is try to improve child's immunity levels. Here's a blog which may be helpful in this regard. http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/8-ways-to-boost-your-childs-immunity/382

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