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Protecting your Child’s Health during the Monsoons


Let children carry boiled and filtered water wherever they travel. They need to be well hydrated as sweat does not evaporate easily in the humid weather. I also think that soaking their water bottles and lunch boxes in boiled water for a minute after a good wash is helpful. Water needs to be boiled the right way. Once bubbles appear continue boiling for four minutes at least before switching off.

Hand washing with soap and water (preferably warm) for at least one full minute is a vital part of disease control. Remind children to do it whenever they return indoors.

Clothing and footwear should be chosen wisely in this weather. It is more appropriate to wear cotton clothes that allow air circulation than just switch to stuffy jackets. Invest in additional innerwear this season as clothes take longer to dry completely and iron them before use. Keep children’s sweaty areas dry as fungal infections are common this time of the year. You can continue to apply prickly heat powders too. Feet should also be kept dry and cotton socks are preferable for school. They should be removed immediately if soaked. Gum boots and clogs are a good investment, along with raincoats.

If the mats and mattresses feel humid dust them with baking /cooking soda and vacuum over them. This is an effective way of ensuring that they are dry.

There is no need to restrict warm baths because it is raining outside. This is counterproductive. Remember to add antiseptics to the water and dry hair quickly.

Avoid travel in overcrowded vehicles as much as possible.

Restricted outdoor play can be compensated with quality time at home. You can cook and read with your school going kid or attempt doing a piece of craftwork. It may also be the right time to have a heart to heart talk with your teenager.

So let the rain not dampen your spirits, let it soak you up in enthusiasm instead.

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Dr. Krishna Mahathi holds diplomas in Pediatrics and in the management of allergies and asthma. Years of working and interacting with children and parents have given her insight into developmental disabilities. She wishes that there was more awareness and acceptance of the issues that differently-abled children face and hopes that through this blog, she can enable thse children and their families to make sensible and informed choices.


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