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How To Protect Your Kids From Monsoon Ailments

Rain brings a lot of joy to children, but is often associated with an extra caution time for mothers. While all that children want to do is go outside and play in the rain, mothers have dampness, fever, running nose and dirt to worry about. But now, instead of worrying about all the health woes associated with monsoons, here’s how mothers (and fathers) can keep their children safe from the health risks of monsoon by making minor changes in their lifestyles - 

•    Say no to outside food. 100% of small eateries and street side joints across India maintain dismal standards of hygiene. They are also out in the open, which means that the chances of their foods being infected via germ carrying flies and insects are extremely high.  

 

•    Say no to packing chutneys, salads and cut fruits for your child’s school lunch. Instead, provide them cooked meals because these have a lower chance of going bad. 


•    Hand hygiene is of utmost importance. Always tell your children to wash their hands before eating. In the absence of Soap and water always have a hand sanitizer at your disposal. 


•    Neem is a natural antiseptic and is very effective in killing bacteria and microbes. Simply add Neem leaves to boiling water, then let it cool or reach a lukewarm temperature before adding it to your child’s bathing water.


•    Ensure that your towels are completely dried before you use them. Wet/damp towels encourage the growth of bacteria and mould within its layers which can easily be transferred to the skin of your child. This can lead to fungal infections or skin irritations.


•    To enjoy the cool monsoon breeze without allowing mosquitoes inside, install temporary wire or plastic mesh on your windows and doors. Fine meshes work the best as it can stop small insects such as mosquitos from entering. 


•    The market is abuzz with slap-on mosquito repellent bands to protect children from mosquito bites both inside and outside your homes.


•    Check the outside of your house for areas where water tends to collect. This can be any place – a hole that was dug up but never filled or the bucket you placed beneath your AC to collect water. Mosquitoes breed very quickly in still water so it’s necessary that you eliminate any and every source of still water in your home. 


•    Hire a sweeper and get the drainage cleaned for water to drain out quickly.


•    For those of you who have a pool, you can either add chlorine to your water to inhibit mosquito breeding, or cover it up with a large plastic sheet to make sure mosquitoes can never land on it. Check your fountains or birdbaths twice a week and change the water every week to ensure mosquito eggs (if any) are killed before they can hatch.

Mosquitoes breed exponentially during the monsoons because the season provides them with ample breeding conditions. You have to be extra vigilant to ensure that no harm comes to your family because of a laidback attitude. There are many mothers who cannot keep an eye on their children all the time (due to school, coaching, dance classes etc.). The best way for them to ensure their children’s protection would be to give them mosquito repellent bands (which can be easily be worn on the wrists) and a pocket-friendly hand sanitizer (which can easily fit inside pant pockets) so that children are protected 24x7.

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