The monsoon season is a welcome break from the summer heat, allowing children to enjoy splashing in puddles and the cool weather. However, it also poses health challenges, especially for children. To ensure their little ones stay healthy and happy during this season, parents should take proactive measures. Here are some preventive measures suggested by Dr. Anita Madan, Head of Curriculum Development, EuroKids:
Teach children to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before meals and after using the restroom. This helps reduce the risk of diarrheal diseases. It’s also important to avoid muddy puddles as they can be breeding grounds for harmful germs and bacteria. Encourage children to keep their surroundings clean and dry to minimize the risk of infections. If they get drenched in rain, insist on a clean bath as rainwater may contain harmful elements.
Nutrition and Diet
A balanced and nutrient-rich diet is essential for boosting a child’s immunity. Incorporate seasonal fruits rich in Vitamin C to ward off infections. Adding leafy greens and vegetables provides vital vitamins and minerals for overall health. During rainy days, warm homemade soups and herbal teas can keep children hydrated and nourished.
Proper clothing for children during the rainy season is crucial. Dress them in breathable fabrics that dry quickly. Encourage them to wear raincoats and carry umbrellas when going outdoors to protect them from potential health risks.
Avoiding Stagnant Water
Stagnant water during the rainy season increases the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. Help children understand the dangers of stagnant water and educate them about the importance of using mosquito repellents when playing outside. Check for stagnant water in balconies, terraces, and empty flower pots. Ensure your home has proper mosquito protection, such as window screens and bed nets.
Ensure that children’s vaccinations are up-to-date during the monsoon season. The rainy weather increases the risk of flu, hepatitis, typhoid, malaria, dengue, food poisoning, and water-borne diseases. Vaccination protects against these contagious diseases, keeping children safe from potential health threats.
Additional preventive measures include considering home remedies in case of illness, such as ginger and honey concoctions for sore throats and steam inhalation for congestion. These natural remedies can complement medical treatment and aid in quicker recovery. Indoor activities like board games, puzzles, and scavenger hunts can keep children engaged and entertained on rainy days.
Overall, the monsoon season demands extra care from parents to safeguard their children’s health. By keeping vaccinations up-to-date, educating them about stagnant water dangers, and engaging them in indoor games, parents can ensure their children cherish the magic of this season without any health-related worries.
– Dr. Anita Madan, Head of Curriculum Development, EuroKids.