Monsoon is, by far, the most wicked time for little babies and toddlers with high incidence of diseases, infections, humid weather and mosquitos. However, with some precautions, you can get them to enjoy the rains and still be safe.
1. Use boiled water
Ensure that you use boiled and cooled water for your baby’s formula as well as to drink since stomach flu and diarrhea are most prevalent in the monsoon.
2. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly using salt and drinking water
Keep you little-one away from all raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit, especially outside food. At home, ensure that you wash all fruits and vegetables with a teaspoon of salt and water.
3. Keep your little one away from people who have a cold and viral infections
Viral infections are most easy to contract in the monsoon. Keep your child away from people who have a flu or viral infections or are even showing initial symptoms of the same. Ask your family and friends to wash their hands before they touch you baby.
4. Wash your own and your baby’s hands often
The best way to stay away from infections is to keep your and baby’s hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water often.
5. Dress them right!
Weather fluctuations are quite sharp in the monsoon, ranging from hot and very humid to suddenly getting cold. Dress your little-ones in comfortable cotton clothes to beat the humidity, but always carry a cardigan or jacket, which you can use to protect them from the cold.
6. Allow clothes to dry completely
Ensure that the clothes and completely dry since they tend to remain slightly damp in the monsoon and this could lead to fungal infections.
7. Avoid crowded places
It’s easiest for kids to catch infections in crowded places, hence it best to stay away.
8. Keep them safe from mosquitoes
Diseases like malaria and dengue are also extremely prevalent in the monsoon. Hence its best to protect them from mosquitoes by making them wear covered clothes, using mosquito patches as well clearing away stagnant water from around your home. You can also use citronella oil while mopping the house which will keep mosquitoes away.
9. Baby & toddler hygiene
Ensure that you keep them clean by giving them a bath twice a day or atleast a sponge bath. Pay extra attention to the underarms, neck, genitals and other folds and creases in their body.Also ensure that their care-takers are wearing clean clothes and are clear of any infections.
10. Stay away from the first showers
The first few showers could be acidic and hence could cause skin problems.
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