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Staying Healthy During Monsoons

The monsoon is upon us, and children love it because it provides them respite from the severe summer heat. But it’s also the most worrisome time for mothers all over India as it is during this season that infections and disease spread by mosquito are at their peak. No doubt that the rains are welcome, but one should not ignore the health hazards that it brings along.

Science states that the immunity of people, especially children, weakens during the rainy season. This means that they are more susceptible to airborne and waterborne diseases like malaria, viral fever, the common cold, diarrhoea and jaundice. So what can mothers do to protect their children?

Here’s our list of things to do and to avoid during the monsoons -

  • Give your children water which has been boiled. Don't let them have street side lemonade which are not made from treated boiled water. Also, avoid adding ice to food items like ice cream or even cold drinks given by outside vendors at all costs.
  • Homemade food is the best option for children in this season. Don't let your child eat from roadside food stalls.
  • Always be prepared. Put a small umbrella or a raincoat inside your child’s school bag in case of surprise showers.
  • Keep your house clean and infection-free by adding a few teaspoons worth of either floor disinfectants or phenyl in the water your maid uses to mop the floor. This will deter growth of bacteria.
  • Check the outside of your home, especially the garden, to ensure that there is no water-logging. Still water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Increase your child’s intake of vitamin C, which is well known to build resistance against infections. This includes food items include oranges, grapefruit, papaya, strawberries, pineapple, kiwifruit, lemon and raspberries
  • Maintain hygiene. Encourage your child to wash their hands whenever they can, especially before eating food. When in school, tell them to use an instant hand sanitizer instead of soap. You can either buy your child our child friendly Hand Sanitiz, or choose from one of our Lunch Packz range of lunch boxes which remind your child to use a sanitizer every time they eat their meals.
  • Whenever your children enter your home from the outside, make sure they wipe their feet on the floor mat and leave their wet shoes outside. Don’t let them bring wet shoes inside the home.
  • If your child gets drenched in a shower, immediately give them a nice soapy bath with warm water. This will wash away any and every micro-bacterial growth on their clothes and skin through the rains.
  • Encourage your child to use an insect repellent consistently to keep mosquitoes away. You can check out our Mosquito Banditz and Mosquito Tattooz range of 100% natural mosquito repellents (they are completely safe for use on children).

In the end, we’d like to state that preventive measures are the best way in which you can ensure that your child has a healthy and infection free monsoon. A diet full of vitamins and minerals is equally important, so make sure you encourage your child to eat more healthy food items during their favourite season of the year.

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