Caring for your little one this monsoon

It’s that time of the year that you’ve been waiting for all these hot and humid months, and now that the rains are here, you can’t seem to enjoy it enough. Much as you like to enjoy these showers, so does your little one. Other than the lovely weather and the pleasant breeze, rains are the harbingers of diseases and infections caused by mosquitoes, the humid weather and all-around wetness. Babies are at an especially higher risk of catching infections as they are not yet thoroughly immune.

During monsoon, it’s imperative that everything around your baby should be clean and hygienic, and as dry as possible. It’s important, especially during the monsoons, to take preventive measures and proper care to ward-off the dampness and keep your baby safe from illnesses.

A Hygienic Atmosphere at Home            

Monsoon brings in many waterborne diseases, as well as the ones that are spread through mosquitoes and germs. It’s not always easy to create a completely germ-free atmosphere. However, you can keep your home and its surroundings clean to ensure your baby is safe and healthy.

  • Doing a pre-monsoon check at home is one of the main essentials during monsoon. Any clogged drains, seepage, cracks, fissures, electrical fixture repairs etc. need to be repaired and taken care of immediately, before the monsoon arrives.
  • Mopping the floor with a disinfectant or cleaning solution is extremely necessary, but this alone will not guarantee a safe atmosphere.
  • Allow cross ventilation inside all rooms each day for the maximum time possible.
  • Stagnant water in flower pots or any open vessels are the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so make sure you change the water for indoor plants and flower vases on a daily basis.
  • Ensure that you close the windows and doors while it rains.
  • Have your baby sleep with a mosquito net placed over the sleeping area. If possible, get wire meshes installed on all the windows. This will help you leave the windows open, while at the same timekeeping the mosquitoes out. Using liquid vaporizers, mats and oil or spray-based herbal insect repellants at home is also a good option. However, make sure you don’t use them in the presence of your baby and that your baby is not in direct presence of the same for at least  30 minutes since it’s used.
  • Dehumidifiers are good for those living in extreme humid conditions. If you have a dehumidifier at home, use it every day to create a dry atmosphere at home. Air conditioners can also act as an alternative.

Hygiene for the Baby

Rain does not always mean a cool and cozy climate;on many occasions they are  accompanied by heat and sweat as well.

  • Do not bundle your baby in sweaters or woollens. Dress them in cotton clothes that are comfortably loose. This will help absorb the sweat. Damp clothes will cause fungal infections and rashes, so make sure your baby is dry and comfortable at all times. If your baby has started walking, gear them up in gum boots or covered and well-fitting rain shoes. To avoid skin allergies, buy shoes that are of good quality rubber or vinyl. Go for shoes with skid proof soles to reduce the chances of skidding and falling.Change damp socks immediately. At home, make sure they wear proper sandals or shoes and are not barefoot.
  • If using a rain coat, go for a good brand and dry it out after each use.
  • If your child gets wet in the rain, towel them up immediately and help change into dry clothes Make sure to properly dry the hair and all skin folds..
  • Trim baby’s nails regularly and wash immediately if they soiling themselves.
  • Keep away from those who are sick and are suffering from anycontagious disease.

Hygienic Food Habits

Monsoons are the times when germs breed everywhere so you need to be extra careful at all times.

  • Make sure you give baby only purified or boiled water.
  • While going out, carry water from home.
  • Avoid eating out and limit outside food for baby as much as possible.
  • Wash vegetables and meat properly before cooking and make sure that green leafy vegetables are well cleaned in boiled water and steamed to get rid of any bacteria and germs. Vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower must be soaked in warm salt-water for at least 10 minutes before they are cooked, to remove any insects and pests.
  • Keep all food items properly covered to protect from insects and dust.
  • Do not give any leftover food to baby and keep meals as fresh as possible.
  • Wash your hands well before cooking. If you have domestic help, make them follow your hygiene steps.
  • Dispose waste in hygienic garbage bags that do not break or allow the contents to spill. Do not leave the wet and smelly food waste exposed. Dump the waste in a covered dustbin.

If you’re a breastfeeding mother, everything that  you eat will indirectly affect the baby. It’s important for you to follow these basic hygiene steps religiously, so that you can prevent all diseases and infectionsand enjoy the monsoonalong with your baby and family.

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