While rains arrive to relieve you from the sweltering heat, it also brings along fluctuating temperatures, humidity, and a hoard of pathogens that you’d like to keep away from your child’s nascent body. The transition from the parching heat to the pouring rains have often afflicted adults with bouts and spells of common cold and infections. Hence, it is all the more necessary to ensure your li’l one’s immune system is prepared to wade through it.
Sanitation: An absolute clean sweep
It is a self-evident fact that a clean environment is the safest for babies and toddlers (The difficulty of keeping this is also acknowledged.) The weather changes further demand more attention as the microbes fill the air and may infest and infect your space easily. Ensure that the floor, the play area, and the toys are disinfected and cleaned regularly or frequently during the monsoons to keep pests and fungi at bay.
Make sure your storage system is airtight and monitored by adding dates on labels. Poor storage only adds on to the mess you are constantly trying to avoid. Declutter and ensure that there is good ventilation in the rooms.
In addition to spaces, ensure that you keep your hands clean by washing and moisturizing your hands to prevent skin infections and other contagious infections. Pay attention to the kind of products you use to do so. Harsh chemicals such as parabens in soaps harm your baby’s sensitive skin.
Most importantly, unclog it all. Stagnant water anywhere in the vicinity is a breeding spot for mosquitoes and germs. Hoard baby-friendly mosquito repellent patches, and nets to keep the insects away. Also, recoil from the coil. The smoke and residue do more harm than good for your tot.
Skin care: A soft spot
With the changing weather, the skin is the most sensitive and exposed organ of your child that battles bacteria and infection. Give your baby a warm sponge bath to ensure that the sweat and grime leaves him a little less cranky. Keep a check on the temperature of the water and the room to prevent a common cold or a fever. A good bath also prevents fungal rashes that get prominent during the transition period.
Choose warm but breathable clothes that aren’t too harsh on his skin. Wearing lighter shades also does not invite mosquitoes from hovering above him. Baby talcum powder and moisturizer are also a go-to to prevent moulds and infections. Since the weather is relatively cooler, change diapers more frequently.
Nourish the tummy
With a healthy storage system intact, a healthy meal that is warm and simple would work well with the frenzied digestive system of your baby.
Breastfeeding would take a new turn as he may demand in greater frequency for hydration. Breastmilk is filled with antibodies and immunoglobins that wrestle against the pathogens that are everywhere during the rainy season.
Avoid fresh cut fruit and switch to warm purees to prevent the water-borne infections. The tongue tends to get aversive to bland food. Include a bit of spices such as ginger, garlic and pepper in the broths and porridges as their natural antibiotics and a must for the weather.
Use boiled water for both drinking and cooking. Precaution goes a long way.
When it comes to precaution and preparation for monsoon, you could nip it in the bud by vaccination.
In a nutshell, the only way to wade through the inevitable weather changes is to stay prepared, flexible and trust your baby’s genes to naturally adjust to the environment around, stay hydrated whether come rain or shine.