Monsoons are a great relief after the scorching summer heat for children. Most of the parents do not allow the kids to venture out in the afternoon for outdoor play due to the heat. With the onset of monsoon, children are relieved that they would at least enjoy the outdoor sports in this rainy season. This rainy season not only lets them enjoy the sport of their choice, it also fulfills the fairy tale dream of every child of dancing in the rain. Not many of us have forgotten the paper boats, we used to drift in water during monsoon. Every child loves to do the same.
As a parent, you would love to see that sparkle in your child’s eye. But, your responsibilities of protecting them from the hazards of monsoons also increase manifold. Your child can suffer from stomach illnesses during this time mostly because of food or water.
The germs in the water or food during the rainy season can contaminate your food and can cause illnesses like gastritis, food poisoning, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, cramps, vomiting and nausea etc. To avoid the stomach infection in children, it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that the children are given extra care during monsoons.
How to Protect Your Child From Stomach Infection During Monsoons
Serve Properly Cooked Food
Rains are the breeding season for mostly all the animals. The same applies for germs. The germs can contaminate the food, which can only be avoided by serving properly and rightly cooked hot food. The rightly cooked food has least possibilities of infections as germs get killed by the heat. Serving hot food will reduce the possibilities of catching a cold also. Meat and eggs should never be under cooked to avoid infections.
Boiled water is the only lifeline to avoid any infection caused due to water. Children are vulnerable to diseases and boiled water settles their stomach.
Avoid Unhygienic Food
This is especially for the mothers who allow their kids to eat street food or food from restaurants. In no circumstances it should be allowed. You do not know how hygienic the food is which your child is eating; neither do you know the sanitary condition in which it was prepared and the water that was used. Often uncovered food becomes a stage for the flies to dance on and spread germs. Do not give in to the temptations of your children.
Healthy and Nutritious Food
Healthy and nutritious home cooked food is the key to the good health of children. Maintaining the nutrition and the balanced diet, serve your kids home cooked food what they like to eat, even if it is pasta sometimes.
This should be a habit children should follow not just during monsoons but throughout the year. Washing hands ensure that they do not have residue germs from outside dirt or after using the toilet. It is important to teach them and inculcate this habit in them to avoid the pains later.
Avoid Swimming During Monsoons
Swimming should be a complete no during rains. The swimming pool is a breeding ground for bacteria to grow manifold and spread diseases. The water eventually lands up in the child’s stomach even if it is in minuscule quantity.
You can ensure good health for your child if you follow these habits. Even after all the necessary precautions, your child catches the infection; you must see a medical practitioner. In the meanwhile, you can add asafoetida and ginger in your child’s diet as necessary precautions as these are found to be great home remedies to cure stomach diseases.