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Monsoon: Rain and Diseases

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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 season. 


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 mosquitoes around.


Importance of 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 Right Way

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 an umbrella.


Precautions While 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.

Following proper hygiene during monsoons will not only help you and your children to prevent common rainy season illnesses but also other life threatening diseases. So make sure that you can you and your children follow the above tips to the ‘T’ to keep rainy season illnesses and diseases at bay.

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Anil.6 years ago
but people like farmer are waiting for rain as their need water for their crop. if they didn't get water then, they there will be nothing to eat.. i agree there a lot of chances diseases which come with rain, but we have to take care of our house and surrounding.
 
 
 
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Becky.6 years ago
i think it is cool
 
 
 
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Rekha.6 years ago
safe water, safe food and enjoying the rains should be our monsoon mantra
 
 
 
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Ankita.6 years ago
enjoy the monsoons without worrying too much. follow basic hygiene rules and you'll be fine. and don't stop yourself from enjoying the sensation of being drenched in the rain from fear of colds or pneumonia!
 
 
 
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Avantika.6 years ago
even walking in muddy water can be dangerous. cases of leptospirosis are linked to rat urine going in gutter water which finally enters your body through open wounds....i would advise you to walk where there are no slums, garbage, if possible...
 
 
 
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Karishma.6 years ago
not sure about the copper vessel thing. have heard that in some cases "indian childhood cirrhosis has been ascribed to storage of milk in copper vessels and there are reports of poisoning in young children as a result of high copper content in well water. liver copper content in such cases can exceed that found in overload due to wilson's disease"
 
 
 
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Ramya.6 years ago
that's a useful piece of information.
 
 
 
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Gargi.6 years ago
it is only in an urban situaqtion that the monsoon is a hazard. back in gujarat where i live this is a time of great beauty and abundance
 
 
 
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vineet.6 years ago
good for every body safe food,plant trees be safe from pollution
 
 
 
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Mahima.6 years ago
i thing its cool season for us(children) to have fun
 
 
 
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