Monsoon brings with it welcome relief
from the heat, and leaves behind a host of illnesses and diseases, some of
which can be life threatening. Children are the most susceptible to these
diseases. Here is how to keep yourself and your family safe this monsoon
Coping with Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes abound during the monsoon
season, and cases of Malaria and Dengue are on the upswing. Although various
malaria-prevention drugs are available, these are not always effective. Plus,
in many places malaria parasites have grown resistant to the drugs. Your best
bet would be to keep your home mosquito-free.
A mosquito net around the bed not only
looks lovely and Victorian, but also keeps mosquitoes away and is a better
option than sleeping with a mosquito coil right next to you. Regular inhalation
of chemicals found in mosquito coils and mats is not too good for you, but is
definitely a better option than getting bitten by a mosquito and risking
Malaria or Dengue.
Do not take these diseases lightly.
Carry a mosquito repellent cream with you and give a small tube to your
children. The cream should be applied to any exposed areas if there are
Drinking Boiled Water
Sewage and drain pipes lie close to
each other, and in the monsoon these pipes develop leaks - with the result that
the sewage water comes into contact with regular water. It sounds sickening,
but is a fact. Many diseases like cholera are spread through feces, which is
why it is essential to drink boiled water in the monsoon. Similarly, at a
restaurant make it a point to drink bottled water or a soft drink instead of
regular water. Most restaurants here do not maintain the levels of hygiene you
do at home.
Dressing-Up Children the
Walking in dirty water can also lead to
numerous diseases since it brings your feet into direct contact with sewage
water. Thus it is essential that your children dress appropriately in the
monsoon to avoid catching not just diseases, but also the common cold. Make
sure your children wear gumboots in the monsoon season so that their feet
remain dry and clean. They should also wear a raincoat with a hood, and carry
Letting Children Play in Rains
Kids enjoy playing out in the rain, and this enjoyment need not be denied to
them. If they must play in the rain, make sure that they play in a designated
area and not on the road, amongst open sewers. They can play in a garden, and
change their clothes immediately on returning home. Keep them warm when they
return, do not let them sit in an air-conditioned room until their hair has
dried, and feed them warm soup. That should take care of any likelihood of
developing the flu.
Other Quick Tips
- Always wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating, and make it a habit not to touch your face with your hands.
- Prevent your children from biting their nails as this will cause them to ingest any infection that may be on their hands.
- Do not eat uncooked food like salads outside the home during the monsoon.
- Storing water in copper or silver vessels is not just a fashion statement! Doing so kills all germs and sterilizes the water.