23 Jul 2018 | 3 min Read
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Child care can be quite confusing, especially for first-time parents. There are many factors that impact the way you take care of your child such as your surroundings, the weather conditions, and your lifestyle. It is important, at all times, to take each of these into consideration. One season during which you need to be a little more cautious than usual is the monsoon because, at this time of the year, your baby’s immunity becomes weak and susceptible to various forms of bacteria. To combat this, here are a few tips that will help you rise to the situation and ace baby care in monsoon.
During monsoon, the climatic conditions change quite drastically. While it is hot in the mornings, it cools down during the evenings, leading to frequent fluctuations. This means that you need to change your baby’s clothes in tune to the change in the weather. When it is sunny, make sure your child is wearing loose and soft clothing that is weightless. Cotton is the best material for this type of climate. When it is raining, wrap your bundle of joy up in warm, woollen clothes.
Hygiene is extremely important for infants and should not be neglected. Monsoon can be quite humid, leading to the accumulation of sweat in babies. If you are not careful, this could lead to a lot of infections. Give your baby a sponge bath with warm water at least once a day in addition to a regular bath to keep fungal infections away.
It is advisable to monitor food and water habits more carefully during the monsoon than during any other season. This is because water gets very easily contaminated and can lead to diarrhoea, typhoid, and other such medical issues. Boil water thoroughly before giving it to your child. Further, avoid leaving food uncovered. Similarly, raw or unwashed food is also a strict no.
Before monsoon begins, ensure that your baby has gotten all its vaccine shots. The flu vaccine and the typhoid vaccine will further prevent diseases from coming your child’s way.
During monsoon, your baby will be at a higher risk of catching a cold or the flu, resulting in fever, as compared to the rest of the year. Have basic medicines handy so you can prevent any possible harm in time. Some medicines recommended by doctors are ibuprofen infant drops and acetaminophen which can be used to relieve pain, congestion, and fever. However, remember that you must never give your child any medication without consulting their paediatrician first.
Another dangerous carrier of infections is the mosquito. These swarm around homes during monsoon. Insects can cause a wide range of diseases which is why you should use a mosquito net at all times to protect your little one.
Sometimes, dangers could lie in your own home. If you have plants in your house, avoid water logging that is caused by the rains. Sterilize your baby’s bottle and cup after every meal to avoid germs from building up. The humid weather can cause mould to form on stagnated objects, so keep your utensils dry.
In the End…
While monsoon is a good reason to rejoice after the scorching summer, it is also the season that brings about floods, water logging, and therefore, water-borne diseases. While you may have the strength and the experience to endure this, your baby is yet to develop the immunity to withstand harsh climatic changes. So, bookmark these tips and get monsoon ready for your child!