You can’t deny the fact that children love the monsoon. The sheer joy of getting drenched or playing a game of football on a mucky field is an out of the world experience for them. Whereas for parents, it brings in a little worry. How can you keep your kid away from falling sick during monsoons?
During this season, you can often find an increased rush at a paediatrician’s clinic and pharmacies while attendance at school slowly drops. Many new parents aren’t aware that with a few disciplinary measures and conscious effort, we can keep our kids from falling sick and enjoy the monsoon to the fullest.
Here are a few simple yet effective measures and home remedies to help you keep your kids from falling sick.
1. Keep Them Hydrated
Frequent intake of water is needed to flush the toxins accumulated in the body down. Ensure that your kids are drinking clean, filtered water. Contaminated water is the most common reason for monsoon infections. Keep their sippers and water bottles ready with boiled or filtered water well within their reach. If the weather is cold, encourage them to drink lukewarm water as cold water can cause mucosal spam in the respiratory muscles which can make it prone to various respiratory disorders like throat infections, cold, cough, etc.
2. Appropriate Clothing and Footwear
Plan their outfits according to the weather. For instance, during humid days, make them wear loose cotton clothes. This will help their skin breathe without obstructing sweat glands. On cold, rainy days, warm clothing is a must. For a rainy outing, apart from an umbrella and a raincoat, don’t forget to make them wear knee or calf-length gumboots which can prevent their feet from catching infections from collected rainwater on the road or the park.
3. Keep Your House Free of Mosquitoes
Along with netting your windows and doors, ensure that you avoid any kind of water logging or storage in and around your house. This includes swimming pools, flowerpots, coolers, etc. Accumulated water is the most common breeding ground for mosquitoes. This can help your kid steer clear of dengue and malaria which are common during monsoons.
4. Nutritious, Well-Balanced Meals and Healthy Snacks
Restrict the intake of street food as much as possible. Not just street food but also ordering from restaurants as rampant incorporation of infected vegetables or infected water are very high during this season. These are primary sources of illnesses during monsoon. Give your kids freshly made, home-cooked food and nutritious monsoon snacks such as steamy masala corn, roasted groundnuts, sandwiches, etc. You can also opt for healthy snacking options designed specifically for kids from the GOQii Health Store within the GOQii App.
5. Maintain Personal Hygiene
Regular baths, cutting nails, keeping yourself as well as the kids dry and cleaning/washing the hands before eating are basics. Apart from that, keep the house clean and sanitised at all times. These small measures go a long way in keeping monsoon bacteria and viruses away!
6. Boost Immunity With Superfoods
Include Vitamin C rich food daily in your kids routine. Squeeze a lemon in their curries or snacks. Give them steamed/stir-fried sprouted pulses as snacks. Make their meals and snacks vibrant i.e. colourful veggies such as cucumber, carrot, tomatoes and seasonal fruits for antioxidant power! Antioxidants in these will help destroy harmful toxins accumulated in the body. More colour in food means higher detoxification rate and a stronger defence against infections.
Instead of getting attracted towards commercial probiotics, look for the richest probiotic in your kitchen. Give them curd along with meals. Blend it to make Lassi or a smoothie with fruits. Don’t forget to incorporate Turmeric Milk at bed-time as Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory agent and an immunity booster.
Ginger, which is a naturally potent antibiotic, antiviral, is very effective in fighting the infections of the gut such as Typhoid. Give it mixed with honey or boiled in water with Tulsi (Holy Basil) and mint leaves. Asafoetida (Hing) is also very effective in strengthening the gut health and treating different gastrointestinal infections. Add it to Pulses (Dal), curries or while cooking the vegetables.
We hope these tips to keep your kids from falling sick this monsoon were helpful! Do you have special remedies you use to help your kid recover or stay healthy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!