ENJOY THE RAINS WITHOUT FALLING ILL

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ENJOY THE RAINS WITHOUT FALLING ILL


Published Date: Jul 08, 2013

 

After the hot and humid summer it is highly unlikely for any of us to be happy to see the rains actually go away. Even on certain days when we are soaked to the skin, we welcome the downpour. Kids are the happiest during rainy season and will definitely find a puddle to splash in. 

 

Along with fun and relief, rains also bring illnesses. Children fall prey to monsoon related diseases as immunity levels are low. Good hygiene and proper precautions go a long way in preventing these maladies.

 

SOME COMMON RAINY SEASON DISEASES

 

COLD: Sniffles and coughs are very common now accompanied by sore throats. Early precautions can prevent this common affliction to some extent.

 

EYE INFECTION: Stye, dry eyes and conjunctivitis are very common eye diseases during the rains.

 

MALARIA AND DENGUE:  Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and this is a common issue during rains.

 

DIARRHOEA: Many children suffer from diarrhoea during this season. The main reason is pollution of drinking water.

 

FEVER: Influenza and associated symptoms like fever, body ache and head ache are common during this time.

 

TIPS TO AVOID DISEASES OF THE RAINY SEASON

 

Although one cannot rule out the infections entirely, taking proper precautions will definitely help.

 

1.     Use of umbrellas and raincoats along with plastic shoes that do not retain wetness will help to keep the children dry.

2.     If the child gets wet in the rains then remember to ask them to take a quick wash at home with hot water and anti-bacterial soap. Follow it up with milk or soup.

3.     The hand washing routine needs to be maintained more rigorously during this time. Using a hand sanitizer in case clean water is not available is a good practice.

4.     Trim nails often and see to it that they are clean. Discourage the habit of nail biting.

5.     Drinking water needs to be purified. Boiling and then cooling water prior to drinking is a good practice. Carrying a bottle of water along prevents the need to drink possibly infected water.

6.     This is the time when uncooked foods or pre-cut fruits and salads should be avoided. This goes a long way in preventing digestive problems.

7.     Street food can be given a miss in this season as they are likely to be contaminated.

8.     Ask kids not to touch their eyes and nose as this can spread infection.

9.     Use of mosquito repellents and creams may be a good step in preventing bites. Do not let water stagnate in or around your house.

10.   The immunity of the child can be enhanced by maintaining a proper diet that is rich in citrus fruits, vegetables and fortified cereals.

 

Enjoy the rains! Just be safe and maintain hygiene and you can make the most of the well-deserved respite from the scorching summers.
 


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