Parents, no more singing “rain rain, go away”! This monsoon, boost your child’s immune system and learn how to prevent illnesses in the rainy season.
Monsoon has hit us full force! And while we may enjoy it, sitting in our houses
watching it pummel the trees and streets below, we do not always realise that
it is furtively pummelling our children’s and our health as well.
of the best joys of childhood is horsing around in the rain. Look back upon
your childhood. Surely, you can remember jumping in dirty puddles, floating
paper boats in water-logged areas or just generally playing with your friends
in the rains.
sick in the rainy season is such a
potent threat, should we just prevent our children from enjoying the rain and
forming their own childhood memories?
Take the following preventions for your children’s sakes as well as your own
and enjoy the joys of the monsoons without suffering through the dangers of it.
Water-Resistant Rain Gear
weather is predictably unpredictable. You never know when it is going to rain.
Reduce the chances of your kids getting wet and falling sick by ensuring that
they never leave the house without an umbrella or raincoat. Invest in
waterproof shoes or rubber shoes. They provide traction and protect your
children’s feet and ankles from getting wet. Also, they are easier to dry off.
Load up on
up the body’s resistance by giving your children Vitamin C and E pills or foods
rich in Vitamin C and E. Vitamin C reduces your kids’ chances of falling sick
by charging up their antibodies to fight the common
cold virus faster. Vitamin E, too, is
said to protect the body by reducing the harsh symptoms and effects of the cold
virus on the system, making it more bearable and easy to treat.
your children partake of a healthy
balanced diet containing a good
amount of fresh fruit and vegetables rich in Vitamin A, E, C, and B – Complex,
phytochemicals, antioxidants and minerals that provide a lot of protective and
nutritional value to the body.
raw foods like salads wherever possible and wash the fruits and vegetables
thoroughly. Avoid eating street-side food, especially uncooked foods like sev puri, pani puri, chutney, etc. Limit
your favourite road-side stall’s monsoon-special pakoras and masala chais for
drinking a daily bowl of hot vegetable soup or herbal tea mandatory for your
entire family which not only helps normalise their body temperature but also
contains nutrients to boost
After Getting Wet in the Rain
develop when the body experiences a sudden and extreme drop in temperature,
which generally occurs when you get soaked in rain water. Taking a shower after
getting wet in the rain, helps the body by stabilising the cold temperature of
the body and brings it back to normal by the time you dry off.
clean, purified water helps fight against and prevent many illnesses, both
directly and indirectly. Water cleanses your system and flushes out toxins such
as germs and bacteria from your body. A well-hydrated body is better equipped
to resist the cold and flu. Ensure that
both you and your children drink clean, boiled or filtered water to your
hearts’ content this rainy season.
hands are the primary route that the germs, viruses and bacteria take to enter
and harm your child’s immune system. Rain water causes outdoor things to get
rusty, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. Because children like to touch
everything; and moreover, because hands are used for almost every activity, it
is important that your children wash their hands before touching any food.
is also important to wash their faces often to prevent microbes from the hands
entering the body via the facial route. Usage of antiseptic liquid hand washes,
or sanitizers is recommended especially during the monsoons.
your windows when it is raining heavily to prevent rain from entering the
house. Walls take a lot of time to dry and may result in the growth of fungus,
which is especially bad for children suffering from asthma or diabetes.
unused tanks of stored water, water coolers, flower pots, etc. and clean them
thoroughly. Ensure that there is no stagnant water either in your house or in
your neighbourhood. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes,
parasites and anaerobic bacteria. It is the main cause of potent water-borne diseases
such as Malaria and Dengue.
it is alright to let children play in the rain, do not allow them play in or
near puddles and water-logged areas which are essentially stagnant water
reserves. Using mosquito repellents is of utmost importance during this season.
you follow the above precautions, there is no need to worry endlessly about
your children’s health during the rainy season. Therefore, this year...instead
of singing “rain rain, go way,” take a few precautions and welcome the rains
with open arms.