Due to the changes in the climatic conditions during monsoons, the immunity of children gets affected. They become prone to illnesses. Let us take a look at the common rainy season illnesses and what parents can do to prevent such illnesses in children.
Rainy season brings a lot of fun and frolic along with it. It is the favourite season of most of the children and the time to make memories. Getting wet in the first shower of the season, making paper boats and splashing the muddy water, children are overjoyed to welcome this season. However, parents should not forget that this season also brings along with it illnesses as well. But there is no need to worry. With right precautions it is very easy to prevent such illnesses. Here is the list of common rainy season illnesses and some tips which parents can follow to prevent them.
Common Rainy Season Illnesses
Take a quick look the common illnesses that may affect children during rainy season.
Viral fever is the most common rainy season illness that is observed in children. As the name suggests this fever is caused due to viruses. Symptoms like cold and sore throat can accompany this kind of fever.
Typhoid is caused due to S. Typhi bacteria. It is mainly a waterborne disease that spreads through the food and water that is not kept in hygienic condition. This disease can cause symptoms like fever, body ache, sore throat, headache etc.
In rainy season water is stagnated at many places which become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As the number of mosquitoes increase during rainy season, the number of people getting affected by malaria increase. Symptoms of malaria include fever along with chills, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, weakness.
Dengue is another disease that is caused due to mosquitoes and is on the rise during rainy season. Fever and pain in joints is one of peculiar features of this disease. Other symptoms that can be experienced by patient include nausea, vomiting, headache, pain in eyes, pain in muscles etc.
An individual’s respiratory system gets affected if he or she is affected with influenza. Influenza is an airborne disease and the symptoms of which include sneezing, runny nose, cold, sore throat, nasal congestion, fever, pain in muscles, chills, fatigue, headache etc.
Diarrhoea is a waterborne disease which spreads due to the consumption of contaminated water and food. It can cause symptoms like frequent and loose stools, ache and cramps in stomach, vomiting, nausea etc.
Cholera is a bacterial disease that is caused due to bacterium called Vibrio cholera. The symptoms of this disease include watery diarrhoea accompanied by fever, vomiting, excessive thirst, drop in blood pressure, increase in heart rate and loss of elasticity in skin.
This disease is also known as yellow fever. The body of the patient coping with this disorder may look yellowish, even nails may look yellowish. The symptoms of this disease may include symptoms like yellowish urine, fever, weakness, vomiting, fatigue and abdominal pain.
Tips to Prevent Rainy Season Illnesses
It is very important to take right preventive measures in order to protect children from the common rainy season illnesses. Let us take a look at some of them.
Do not allow children to stay wet for a long time.
Use an antibacterial soap to bathe your children.
If your children put their hands and feet in muddy water, wash them properly with clean water and an antibacterial soap.
Use boiled water for drinking.
Do not allow your children to eat street food.
Avoid giving too much of oily foods to your children.
Always feed freshly cooked and healthy food to your children.
Avoid giving chilled water and beverages.
Encourage your children to wash their hands properly before eating their meals.
Avoid visiting places where there is a risk of children getting bitten by mosquitoes.
In case if the places having lot of mosquitoes cannot be avoided, use mosquito-repellent cream that is prescribed by your doctor.
Keep your house and surroundings clean and do not let water stagnate in or around your house.
Make your children wear clean and dry clothes.
If the above preventive measures are taken to the ‘T’ it is very easy to prevent such illnesses in children. If at all your children fall sick, make sure that you see a doctor immediately instead of relying on home remedies during this season. Do not let the symptoms to aggravate, take quick action and let your children take rest and recover from the illness immediately.
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