Monsoon increases the dampness in the environment which encourages growth and spread of infection-causing germs. If proper care is taken along with an appropriate diet, we can prevent certain infections in children.
- Eat home-cooked food as far as possible.
- Include Tulsi leaves, ginger, mint, seasonal fresh fruits (jamuns, cherries, and plums are readily available), dry fruits, turmeric in the daily diet
- Avoid outside food mainly raw vegetables, fruits, fermented and fried foods.
- Whenever the weather permits, let the children enjoy outdoor games.
- Exercise in any form boosts immunity
- Wash hands frequently, six-eight times a day. Proper handwashing is one of the easiest and effective means of stopping the spread of infection via feces, body fluids, and inanimate objects.
- It is particularly important for children, as these age groups are the most vulnerable to infections from unwashed hands.
Other useful information
- Dry clothes and utensils well since there is a risk of fungal growth due to dampness. Ironing clothes to disinfect serves both ways.
- If your child is prone to allergies, keep a check on walls, carpets, curtains for infection-causing germ growth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, especially the body fluids. If someone at home is sick, clean contaminated places and objects frequently to reduce the spread of the infection-causing germs.
Moreover, with the close vicinity of children in schools and child care settings, there is a high risk for the spread of infectious disease.
If at all your child falls sick, allow the child to rest at home. It works well for everyone. Consult your doctor, do not medicate your child without appropriate medical advice. If your child has waded through the water, don’t take it lightly. It could be leptospirosis. Learn how to prevent it here.
Skin infections are also rife in this season. Read here how to prevent skin infections in monsoons.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.