5 things to prep your child with during the monsoons
Monsoons are tricky periods. There are periods of heavy rain interspersed with the absence of rain. Most kids prefer to move around in spite of rains. Here are five important things to prepare your child for the monsoon season:
Rain Gear: Invest in proper rain gear for your child, including a waterproof raincoat or jacket, rain boots, and an umbrella. This will help keep them dry and protect them from getting wet in the rain, which can lead to discomfort and increased susceptibility to infections. Always ensure that they carry their rain gear with them when they are leaving home. Also, ensure that their books are packed properly. You may also give them an extra pair of clothes with them; so that they can change; if they get wet.
Mosquito Repellent: Monsoon season often brings an increase in mosquitoes and the incidence of malaria, dengue, and chikungunya increases. It may be a good option to protect your child from mosquito bites by applying a child-safe mosquito repellent cream or lotion to exposed areas of their skin. Also, consider using mosquito nets or screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
Clean and Dry Footwear: Wet and dirty footwear can lead to fungal infections and other foot problems. Make sure your child has clean and dry footwear, especially after being exposed to rain or walking on wet surfaces. Encourage them to wash their feet and change into dry socks and shoes when they come indoors.
Healthy Snacks: During the monsoon season, there is an increased risk of waterborne diseases and infections including typhoid, gastroenteritis, and jaundice. To minimize this risk, provide your child with healthy snacks and foods. Opt for freshly home-cooked meals, fruits that can be peeled, and clean drinking water to ensure their safety. Ensure that they always carry safe drinking water with them when they leave home.
Maintain Hygiene: Teach and reinforce good hygiene habits in your child to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Encourage them to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, especially before meals and after using the bathroom. Demonstrate proper handwashing techniques and ensure they have access to hand sanitizers when soap and water are not readily available.
Additionally, it’s crucial to keep a close eye on your child’s overall health and well-being during the monsoon season. If they develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, or gastrointestinal issues, consult your paediatrician promptly for appropriate evaluation and treatment.
Prevention is key during the monsoon season, and taking these preparatory measures can go a long way in keeping your child healthy and safe.