While the summers allow for lots of water time and lesser restrictions on ice creams; the scorching heat is undoubtedly very uncomfortable for kids. The first rain of the monsoon season brings with it a cool breeze which makes the atmosphere pleasant. Until last year, Little Miss A was not a happy child getting wet in the rain, though she would really enjoy seeing it. This year she experienced her first rain in Dehradun while visiting my parents, and I noticed she was enjoying it. I guess it is the influence of Peppa Pig and the muddy puddles. She enjoyed playing in the rain and these are the things children must enjoy.
In the present times when there is a common problem of keeping them away from the screen, we as parents must let them enjoy nature and outdoor activities. Playing in the rain does make them dirty and warrants extra care for their hair and body. Rain brings a lot of infections and thus, it is needed to take extra care of them. The following are some basic precautions to be taken during rainy season which will keep them healthy and also reduce your stress when they play in the rain.
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The monsoon season comes with high levels of humidity and the moisture in the air increases viral and bacterial infections. As soon as the kids come home after playing in the rains, they have to be cleaned properly to ensure they do not carry any infections. Care must be taken that the kids do not get wet in the first showers of the monsoon season because there is mild acid present in the water then.
When the children get wet in rains, the body temperature drops and they become more prone to catching infections and diseases. The child must be given a bath with lukewarm water as this is helpful in reducing monsoon diseases and cold and cough etc. Both cold and hot water is not good for the skin of the kids especially the latter as it makes the skin dry. A mild body cleansing soap free of chemicals is good for the skin of the child. Special attention needs to be given to the folds of the skin as these areas are more prone to fungal infections.
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The monsoons ruin hair of adults and it is no different for kids. The weather becomes sultry and the sweat and the humidity tend to clog the pores of the scalp which causes irritation. Hair must be oiled weekly and a good mild shampoo must be used twice a week at least to keep the scalp and hair free from monsoon diseases.
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After getting wet in the rain and having a bath, the skin loses its moisture which makes the skin dry and more prone to infections. A good baby skin moisturizer with natural oils and ingredients must be used daily to keep the skin hydrated. A nice oil massage, once a week, is also a good idea as this ensures proper blood circulation and also helps the skin retain its moisture.
There is a dampness in the house during rains and this is more in the wardrobes. The clothes of a child must be kept dry and proper care must be taken before they wear them. Damp clothes can carry infections and cause skin rashes. During monsoons, it is advisable if an antiseptic is used to wash clothes and all clothes of the children should be ironed properly to ensure they are completely dry and monsoon disease free. Light clothes are always good and the children should ideally be dressed in layers.
The house must also be kept clean and dry as this reduces the occurrence of insects. Damp walls also have a problem of fungus and molds and thus, extra precautions to be taken during rainy season to keep them clean. It is also worthwhile to use antiseptic liquids to clean the house to keep any kind of infections and diseases away.
It is natural for kids to touch everything they see without realizing it is dirty and might carry infections. Hands must be cleaned at regular intervals using mild soap and water. A hand sanitizer is a good idea when outside the house, but it must not be used frequently. Apart from the hands, proper attention is needed to keep the nails of the baby well-trimmed. Any dirt in the nails can lead to skin infections and also, they can be a carrier of monsoon diseases. There is a high chance of children getting fungal infections around the nails thus, these must be kept clean.
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As the kids grow, we tend to reduce the number of diaper changes. However, in the monsoon, as the children sweat a lot, the diaper must be changed regularly and the area must be kept dry. The folds of the skin have to be cleaned extra carefully. If possible, the kids must be left without diapers for some time during the day. For children who are toilet trained, care must be taken to clean the private areas carefully with mild soap and pat dry to ensure no moisture or dirt is trapped in the folds.
A healthy diet is the best way to keep monsoon diseases away and also build immunity. The diet must comprise of dairy, fruits, vegetables, nuts and home cooked fresh food. The children must have a nutritious and well-balanced diet to avoid skin rashes and other monsoon diseases. Also, the children must keep having liquids to keep themselves well hydrated to flush the toxins out of the body. Natural drinks and water should be the preferred choice in the monsoons. The humidity levels make the digestive system weak and can cause infections, thus, simple and healthy home cooked food should be preferred.
Monsoon is a season to enjoy keeping in mind some simple monsoon health tips for kids to keep them healthy, the mothers can also reduce stress levels and let the children be. Precautions to be taken during rainy season for kids is not tough, just a little extra care is needed. After all, “Rain is not only drops of water, it is the love of sky for Earth, they never meet each other, but sends love this way.” Enjoy and let the children enjoy the love of nature.
This blog is a part of the #BirthdayBlogTrain hosted by Gunjan Upadhyay and Neha Sharma. I would like to thank Kushal for introducing me to this blog train and would further like to introduce Mann to share her take on the prompts.