Monsoon health: How to keep children fit?

Keeping our surroundings clean is the best way to protect our children from contagious diseases. Representative image/Shutterstock/

Monsoon is often accompanied by viral diseases, infections and many other health problems. Kids are more vulnerable as they get infected quite easily and often end up losing school days due to the same. As mosquitoes breed at this time owing to more moisture content in the atmosphere, monsoon is also a time when diseases like dengue, malaria, cholera, typhoid and dysentery spread. Such waterborne diseases may also affect children severely. Here are a few pointers that will help your children stay fit during the monsoon season:

Keep surroundings clean
Keeping our surroundings clean is the best way to protect our children from contagious diseases. Draining stagnant water prevents the breeding of mosquitoes that bear diseases. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is commonly seen during monsoon. These diseases could be prevented by draining the stagnant water.
Mosquito nets
Sleeping under mosquito nets saves children from mosquito bites. You could also use mosquito repellents. Making the kids wear full-sleeved clothes, pants and socks would prevent mosquito bites. Moreover, personal hygiene is important too. Parents should advise the children to wash their hands regularly and to take a bath in case they get wet in the rain. This would surely reduce the risk of infections.

Ensure umbrellas, raincoats
Umbrellas and raincoats should be used during monsoon. Getting wet in the rain for longer durations reduces the body’s immunity and increases the risk of falling ill.
Monsoon special diet
A proper diet improves immunity and fights bacterial infections. Make sure to include citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, yoghurt, mushrooms, berries and lean meat in your kids’ diet to increase immunity. Besides, it is important to drink enough water too.
Immediate care
In case your child shows symptoms of fever, cold and cough, then they should be kept at home and allowed to rest. This speeds up their recovery while protecting other children from getting infected.

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