Monsoon is the most favorable time for the growth of micro organisms which spread fungal and bacterial infections. Parents should be more careful about child care during this season. Gastrointestinal problems like cholera, jaundice and typhoid are very common and so are cold and cough during the monsoon. Children as compared to adults have weaker immunity, due to which they are more prone to be affected by the monsoon diseases. Here are some Dos and Don’ts that can follow to protect your child from health problems during the monsoon.
Child Care Do’s and Dont’s during Monsoon
- It is important to keep areas such as behind the ear, armpits, clean and dry. Use a proper absorbent towel or dry cotton cloth after bathing your child
- Restrict your child from eating outside, especially roadside food or from food trucks as it may be prepared in an unhygienic way.
- Water treatment is a must. Give your child purified or boiled water. Always ask them to carry a water bottle whenever they step out. Most of the gastrointestinal diseases during the monsoon happen due to consumption of unhygienic water.
- Do not allow your children to play in stagnant or polluted water.
- Give your child light and easy to digest food. The digestive system is weak during this time and spicy and rich food can lead to digestive problems
- Make sure you keep all food covered so that insects and flies cannot infect it
- Always give your child freshly cooked food and more liquid in the form of fruit juices, soups and shakes
- Children with the habit of nail biting must be taught about the harm it does. Make sure their nails are properly trimmed
- Make sure that the clothes of children are dry and not damp. Its difficult t dry clothes in sunlight during monsoon, so iron the clothes before giving them to children to wear.
- Try and make children wear long pants and long sleeves shorts to avoid mosquito bites. During monsoon diseases spread by mosquitoes like Malaria, Dengue and chickenguniya are very common.
- Keep your house and neighborhood clean and avoid any stagnant water or piled up garbage, as they provide suitable breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other microorganisms.
The above are the just basic Do’s and Dont’s for parents to follow during monsoon season. Child care during the monsoon or rainy days is very important.