Along with relief from the scorching summer heat monsoon also brings along with itself humidity, mosquitoes and seasonal diseases making your child more vulnerable to illness. Problems such as viral infections, dengue, chikungunya, flu, resulting in joint and muscle pains, cholera etc are at its peak and can easily infect anyone. While it is not possible to get rid of these completely but you can take few steps to keep your baby safe.
Below are few steps by which mothers can keep their baby safe and healthy during this monsoon season.
- Give your child foods that are rich in Vitamin C and give them as healthy food as possible, make sure you give them foods that boost their immune system
- Do not keep any food uncovered, and always give them fresh and warm food to your baby. Make sure your baby does not have any outside food.
- To prepare your baby food always use boiled water only. Whenever you give them water to drink make sure it is boiled.
- Even if the weather is hot and humid and you want to keep your baby hydrated don’t give them additional water especially if you are totally breastfeeding your baby.
- Always maintain a normal room temperature and keep your child’s room clean and dry.
- To avoid mosquito breeding keep your house surrounding areas clean.
- Don’t allow your child to play in rain.
- Give your child a bath during the hottest time of the day. But, don’t use cold water, you can add few drops of antiseptic liquids in their bath.
- Make your children wear slippers inside the house, and keep their feet dry.
- Make your child wear cotton clothes as the weather is hot and humid. When it’s raining outside make them wear semi-wollen sort of fabric.
- Make your child wear long pant and full sleeve top to protect them from mosquito bite. Choose light colour clothes as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.
- Use mosquito repellents that are safe and effective for your child.
- While sleeping use a bed net.
- After consulting with your child’s paediatrician keep the cold, flu medicines ready all the time.