Effective Ways of Taking Care of Your New Born On Rainy Days
The calming and welcome pitter patter of rain during the monsoon is something that all of us wait for after the searing summer heat. But the same relieving rain can pose a threat to babies whose immune system is still developing; making baby care in monsoon extremely vital. Don't let the monsoon make your little one sick; here are some tips and precautions for baby care during the rainy season.
Possible health issues during the rainy season
Babies are susceptible to various health problems, come the rains, both inside and outside your house. These include many water-borne diseases that can result in typhoid, stomach infection or Diarrhoea, viral infections like fever, pneumonia, cold and cough; diseases from mosquitoes like dengue and malaria and contamination of food or rashes.
Cold and cough is something that a new parent must be on the lookout for since the young infants catch this virus pretty quickly. Moreover, the baby can also contract it with his or her parents. Fever is another problem which new moms need to be cautious about.
Always be on the lookout for common monsoon related illnesses and symptoms of sneezing, cold, fever or body ache as they always indicate viral infections in the making. Give a call to your paediatrician and nip the infection in the bud.
Here are a few measures you can take in order to prevent the spread of infection and diseases:
Make your surroundings mosquito-free:
Mosquito bites are very painful for babies and can leave redness. It is always advisable to cover your child's crib with a mosquito net to keep the pesky mosquitoes at bay. Also make sure your rooms have mesh net windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering. Choose a herbal mosquito repellent, if you can. Keep your infant indoors as much as possible after dark but if it is unavoidable, dress him or her in full sleeves clothes and use a herbal mosquito repellent.
Clean surroundings are Vital:
Ensure that everywhere in and around your home is clean which includes the garden, balcony, bathrooms or places where water can collect and stagnate. Make your home mould or fungus free by taking care of leaking taps or walls. Mopping floors with a disinfectant regularly helps keep diseases at bay.
Clean your hands well and thoroughly:
We want the best for our child but surprisingly, our hands turn into the biggest germ carriers, given the things we keep touching in the course of the day. So, always wash your hands with soap or sanitize them, before picking your baby or after you have come from outside.
Keep your baby clean:
Give your baby a sponge or wet wipe bath twice a day to clean the sweat that they accumulate on their body from the humid monsoon season. Focus more on their ears, armpits and genitals as these areas are more prone to sweat and wetness which can cause infections. Also give your infant a baby a lukewarm bath sometimes to keep them clean.
Effective parenting need not be stressful, if you are a little considerate as well as careful. We all want our bundles of joy to stay, well, bundles of joy. In order to do that, however, we need to make sure that we give them proper care and lots of love. Remember, a happy kid is a healthy kid!
Aarti Puri is Harvard educated and the founder and CEO of Magnolia Kids, a primary school. She is a psychologist, writer and teacher trainer. She's starting her YouTube Video channel for moms and kids soon.
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