Although your baby needs and truly deserves a rich dose of TLC 24X7, the wet months of monsoon when the clouds go pale and the winds breathe heavy sighs of moisture can pose a few challenges for your baby's health and well-being. Don't get us wrong. Monsoon has its own USPs when the parched earth suddenly goes from brown to green and becomes a genuine visual delight especially in tropical lands not to mention the wonderful respite a quick shower can bring. As the father of English poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, rightly puts it, a splash from the heavens, especially during April is music to our ears and magic for our souls.
So what are some of the things you should watch out for during monsoon months when you have an adorable little one in your family? Let us find out.
Protect your Baby from Mosquito Bites
Although the jury is still out on which monsoon-related health challenge ranks as number one, we believe that mosquito bites not only makes the list but tops it. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) study, as many as 100 million people around the world are inflicted with dengue fever each year most of whom are infants and toddlers. The illness has experienced a 30 fold increase in the last few years. Your baby is vulnerable especially since swatting them is not an option. If possible, screen all the windows in your home or at least the room in which your baby spends most of the day. Use a natural mosquito repellant which uses eucalyptus, neem or other natural extracts. Limit the use of mosquito destroyers which use medicated vapors since such gizmos are known to cause respiratory distress among babies. If all else fails, use a mosquito net which lets you watch the baby with clear visibility. Traditional nets are known to impede your line of vision which is why they should serve as the solution of last resort. Ailments such as dengue, malaria and encephalitis are no fun for anyone and can make things critical for your baby which is why prevention is absolutely the best cure.
Safeguard your Baby against Critter Attacks
Since parasites, bacteria and viruses reign the roost during the monsoon season owing to excessive humidity levels, babies are additionally exposed to stomach upsets, gastric disorders, colic attacks, and skin ailments. There are several things you can do to reduce if not totally eliminate the threats. Tone up your hygiene meter by keeping your baby's feeding supplies clean and sterilized at all times. Give your baby clean water processed through reverse osmosis (RO) or at least a reliable filtering system several times a day. Boiling your baby's treated water and cooling it before giving your thirsty baby a quick gulp will never hurt. You should also help your baby absorb any perspiration using a natural talcum powder that uses corn starch instead of talc, a known toxin. Although clothing your little one from head to toe and not leaving any part exposed will cause your baby some discomfort, try keeping your baby fully clothed with outfits made of extremely light cotton fabric. Perspiration serves as an invitation, attracting bacteria and viruses which cause skin disorders.
It is best to take every conceivable precaution under the sun when we are talking about your precious baby. The efforts these precautions call for significantly outweigh the benefits they bring not to mention the joy and all round happiness your smiling baby will bring to your lives when all remains well.
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