Monsoon is almost here, and while it might be a time of fun and frolic for children, it can even result in sickness if proper precautions are not maintained. Since children are more susceptible to viruses and bacteria than adults, some healthy monsoon tips must be followed to prevent diseases.
Dr Kumar Salvi, Consultant Paediatrics and Neonatology, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, spoke to Health Shots and suggested some safety measures every mother should ensure to keep their children from falling ill during the rainy season.
Dr Salvi says, “It is super important that children have a good and balanced diet throughout the year, especially during vulnerable periods like the monsoon season. Include green leafy vegetables and fruits in the diet so that children can stay healthy and active. You can add fresh fruit juices and milk to your child’s diet that will help keep them hydrated. Some other items like ginger, tulsi, honey, turmeric, lemon, and sweet potato are also good additions that you can make to a child’s diet.”
Since many of the diseases during the monsoon are waterborne, eating street food should be avoided. Since humid and wet atmospheres are ideal for bacteria breeding, it is best to stick to fresh, home-cooked meals. While it is okay to eat food at a restaurant occasionally, stick to clean and hygienic places so that illness can be avoided.
“The importance of washing hands cannot be overstated, as was evident during the Covid-19 period. Hygiene measures, including washing of hands and daily baths, are always recommended so that children stay clean and healthy. When they come from outside, make sure your children wash their hands properly so that viruses and bacteria do not spread illness in the family,” Dr Salvi told Health Shots.
Umbrellas, raincoats, and boots are required by children, especially when they go to school or play outside. Ensure they do not step outside the house without these items, as rains can sometimes be erratic, and it is better to be prepared than to be caught unaware due to the showers.
Dr Salvi warns, “Mosquitoes breed in the rainy season, and children are very vulnerable to them as they spend many hours outside. Since mosquitoes can cause dangerous infections like dengue and malaria, it is best to make sure your child wears loose, full-sleeves clothing that does not leave skin exposed. It is best to use mosquito nets and child-safe mosquito repellent creams at night so that mosquitoes do not bite anyone in the family.”
Lastly, children must take their regular vaccination shots so that they do not get any diseases that are preventable. All mothers should remember to keep the child away from a sick parent or any relative as they are extra vulnerable to getting infected from them. If you are still worried about your child’s health, it is best to consult a doctor or paediatrician for any specific advice and guidance.