The rains are here, once again, and as you already know, kids are more likely to fall sick during the rainy season. Therefore, you need to be extra careful on how to keep them safe and healthy during the rainy season.
Below are some practical tips which can help you keep your little ones safe and healthy while the rains last.
- Hygiene matters a lot
Since the rainy season brings a lot of humidity in the atmosphere, there are chances that your little one will sweat a lot, which can make him prone to fungal infections, skin rashes or allergies. Therefore, the first and foremost step towards keeping your baby safe during the rainy season is maintaining proper hygiene. Keep your child’s body clean by giving them a bath with mild antiseptic soap at least twice a day. Remember, a clean baby is a healthy baby.
- Dress your kids right
Given that weather fluctuations are quite common during the rainy season, you are advised to dress your kids in appropriate clothes. When the environment is hot and very humid, dress your little ones in loose cotton clothes as they will keep him cool and dry. And if it becomes cold due to heavy rains, you may opt for semi–woolen clothes to keep your child warm. Avoid synthetic and nylon clothes.
- Set the room temperature right
As weather usually gets cold and windy when it rains, we recommend you keep all the windows and doors closed. This will not only help you regulate the temperature of your children’s room to a great extent but also will keep mosquitoes and flies out of the room. In case the weather is too cold, consider wrapping your child in a thick swaddling blanket or lightweight sleeping bag to make him feel warm and cozy. Avoid switching on the air conditioner as it will drop the temperature even lower.
- Avoid wet diapers
Do not let your child stay in a wet diaper during the rainy season, even for a single minute. Babies, as compared to other seasons, pee more during cold rainy days which might cause them to develop skin rashes. Even a slightly wet diaper can make your infant feel cold and it can lead to flu. So make sure to change your baby’s diaper as soon as you notice it is wet or soiled. If possible, try to give your little one some diaper free time.
- Do not let your kids get wet
If you have toddlers, it may be difficult for you to stop them from playing outside in the rain. Let them enjoy the drizzle of rain a bit but you should supervise them. Before your child goes to play outside, make sure to wear for them a protective garment, like a raincoat, so that they could enjoy the pitter-patter of raindrops to the fullest. Also, do not allow your child to play with stagnant or polluted water as it may cause them skin allergies and infections.
- Have accessories such as umbrella, raincoat, face towel, rain boots handy
These items are very necessary on rainy days, especially if your kids are attending school. Face towels are also very important, as well as rain boots.
- Vitamins/food supplements
Keep your kids health in good condition by serving them the right nutrition and food supplement. Make sure to serve them healthy and nutritious foods to make sure they get enough vitamins and nutrients they need to help prevent health problems.
- Insect repellents
Insect repellents are very vital during the rainy season as insects, particularly mosquitoes and C0ckroaches, are usually around. Use insect repellents to keep them away from your children’s room.
- Do not ignore symptoms
As a caring parent, you should learn about the symptoms and preventive measures of common rainy season-related diseases such as cold, cough, dengue and malaria. Even if you take all the above precautions, there are chances that your little one might have symptoms of viral ailments like sneezing, cough, runny nose and red eyes. If so, contact your paediatrician immediately.