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Doctor suggests 8 tips to protect children from monsoon related illnesses

Published on:8 July 2021, 13:47pm IST
Children are susceptible to falling ill during the monsoon but these 8 doctor-recommended tips can help you keep them protected and healthy even during the rainy season.
Dr Suresh Kumar Panuganti
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Protect the young ones from illness this monsoon. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Nature comes to life during the monsoon season, and as much as we love the rainy season, it comes with its own challenges, especially when you have a kid at home to protect.

Protecting children from falling ill in monsoon

Here are eight tips that are helpful for taking care of children during the monsoons:

1. Clothing

The weather tends to change drastically during the monsoon season. Daytime may be hot and humid, while it can be pleasant or chilly at night. Soft and light clothing is preferable during the daytime and an extra layer of clothing with full sleeves will keep kids warm during the nights.

2. Keep warm and dry

Wetness and dampness increase the chances of infections. Hence, it is pertinent that we encourage children to carry raincoats and umbrellas when stepping out. In case the child gets wet, we must ask them to change into clean and dry clothes immediately after reaching home.

During the rainy season, keep the environment warm, clean and dry. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Diaper care

Frequent urination is a common occurrence in the monsoon. If you have young children, diapers have to be changed frequently to avoid wetness and fungal infections.

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4. Protection from mosquitoes

Mosquitoes breed in the rainy season which makes the kids prone to dangerous infections like dengue and malaria from mosquito bites. So, cover your child with loose, full sleeves clothing that leaves minimal skin exposed. You may even use mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites. Child safe mosquito repellent creams can be used on older kids.

5. Prevent diarrhoea

Rains and floods cause contamination of drinking water. Diarrheal infections surge due to intake of unclean water. Always use filtered RO water (reverse osmosis). You can also boil the water and consume it once it has cooled down. Frequent hand washing is the key to stay away from diarrhoea. Avoid outside food and give fresh home-cooked meals to the children.

6. Cleanliness

Pooled water, floods, mud and dirty floors can be challenging to clean during the rains. Washing the hands and feet whenever the child comes home has to be a dictum. The floor has to be cleaned at least twice during the rainy season.  Add some floor cleaners with antiseptic liquid to the water while cleaning the floor. Ensure that the kid wears clean clothes, socks and footwear. Wash the child’s socks daily. Wash and dry the kids’ toys at least once a week.

7. Balanced diet

Ensure that children have a healthy diet, and also try to avoid street food.  Include ample greens and seasonal fruits like banana, papaya and pomegranate in their diet. Include beetroot in your child’s diet, since it is packed with antioxidants, and is known to increase immunity. Avoid pre-cut fruits and salads. Dry fruits and nuts are among the best foods to boost immunity during the monsoon.

A well-balanced meal is key to keeping kids healthy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
8. Flu Protection

Do not miss your kid’s regular vaccination shots. The best thing you can do to protect your child from the flu is to get them vaccinated for Influenza. It is important to keep the child away from a sick parent or any relative.

You are your child’s umbrella! Let them enjoy the monsoon while taking all necessary precautions and ensuring Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.

Dr Suresh Kumar Panuganti Dr Suresh Kumar Panuganti

Dr Suresh Kumar Panuganti, Lead Consultant Pediatric Intensivist, Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad