The rainy season might bring a bit of cooler respite to the summer heat, but it brings with it its own set of dangers as well. Infectious diseases such as coughs, colds, and even dengue and other illnesses thrive well in the wet weather, hence, adults and even kids are more likely to get sick once the rains start.
The good thing is, there are a few safety precautions we can take in order to ensure that we and our family stay healthy during the rainy season. It’s best to train and instill these practices to your kids as well so that they wouldn’t miss much of school due to sick days.
Encourage your kids to practice proper hygiene.
Proper hygiene becomes more important on rainy days when different kinds of bacteria and viruses come alive. Practicing good hygiene especially regularly washing your hands properly and even showering every day before going to bed will ensure that you don’t spread any infections you might have been exposed to at the office or during your commute to your family. Aside from minimizing the risk of infections, modeling proper hygiene to your kids will ensure that they do the same as well, as schools can also be breeding grounds for common viral and bacterial infections.
Keep them warm and dry.
Although we might bundle them up the best we can, we still cannot prevent our kids from getting wet especially in certain situations, especially during torrential rains or monsoons. In instances when your child got wet from the rains or floods, ask your kids to wash their hands and feet thoroughly or even take a quick shower and change into fresh, dry clothes immediately. Doing so will lessen their chances of getting sick.
Keep fever medicines handy.
Sometimes, our kids can still get fevers in spite of our precautions, so it’s best to have the necessary medicines on hand to be used as the need arises. And since fever is usually the first sign of an infection and can be a source of discomfort to your child, it’s best to nip it in the bud with a dose of fast-acting Paracetamol as soon as his temperature rises.
Paracetamol (Calpol) is an alcohol-free suspension that relieves mild to moderate fever and pain. Suitable for children ages 0-12, Calpol starts to work on fever in as fast as 15 minutes, minimizing the fuss and stress that usually accompany your kiddos’ sick days.
Aside from protecting your kids the best you can from common viral infections during the monsoon season, it is also best to practice a few safety precautions in your home as well to minimize instances of dengue and water-borne diseases that typically become more common during this season.
Keep your surroundings clean and free of dirty water.
Another common sight and problem during the rainy season are clogged drains and dirty puddles. Aside from making the streets harder to navigate, these puddles are also possible sources of water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, fungal skin infections, influenza, and cholera. Minimize your family’s risk to such diseases by ensuring that your general surroundings are kept clean and free of stagnant water at all times. Get rid of unused water drums, pails, flowerpots, or any items in your backyard that can unnecessarily stock rainwater or puddles.
At the same time, instead of opting for flip-flops or rubber slippers, wear rain boots instead. Although rubber slippers might be better than closed shoes during rainy days because they dry easily, they do not offer the same amount of protection as rain boots. The good thing is, clunky and heavy black rain boots are long gone. These days you can easily find rain boots in different sizes and stylish designs that are perfect for both you and your child. You can get a pair in a simple print for yourself and one that features your child’s favorite cartoon character or animal for your kid.
Be wary of mosquitoes.
Keeping mosquitoes out is another reason to keep your general surroundings clean. Mosquitoes breed and thrive in stagnant water — which becomes more common during the rainy season. Try to keep them out of your home by keeping it clean at all times. Keep water containers covered and check and clean all dark and musty places that could possibly provide shelter to mosquitoes. Keep yourself and your kids safe outside of your home as well by slathering mosquito repellent lotions or using anti-mosquito patches.
*Always seek the direct advice of a medical professional or your doctor for any health issues or concerns. The use of any medicine and dosages should always be upon the recommendation of your Pediatrician.
*Published with Calpol.