10 Most Common Monsoon Diseases And How To Protect Kids

10 Most Common Monsoon Diseases And How To Protect Kids

1 Aug 2022 | 5 min Read

Sayani Basu

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Enjoying the first showers of the season, gorging on delicious street food, and playing in puddles of water are all synonyms of monsoon. However, parents need to be extra careful of these 10 most common monsoon diseases, as children are most susceptible to falling sick during monsoons.

Kids also fall ill as their bodies are suddenly exposed to a massive fluctuation in the atmosphere and a larger amount of micro-organisms that their bodies have to fight against. Here are some of the most common monsoon diseases and a handful of tips to protect your child.

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Being the carriers of some of the most deadly diseases, it’s important to protect babies from mosquitoes. | Image Source: pexels

10 Most Common Monsoon Diseases And Tips For Prevention

  1. Malaria: Torrential rains can lead to puddles of water forming in several areas close to your home. This turns into effective breeding grounds for mosquitoes and causes malaria.

Prevention: Safeguard babies from mosquitoes by including a mosquito-repellent body spray to protect your little one from mosquitoes.

  1. Dengue: Mosquitoes are also the carriers of dengue that can be fatal if left untreated.

Therefore, it is advisable to include mosquito repellent patches for protecting your little one from pesky mosquitoes. All you need to do is stick the patch on your little one’s clothing, or bag and shield your child from mosquitoes for 24 hours.

  1. Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by multiple viruses and bacteria and can be present in water, food, and contaminated surfaces.

Even the slightest contact of an unclean hand with the mouth can transfer the virus and bacteria to your child’s body and get infect the little one.

Prevention: It is advisable to practice hand hygiene. Kids must be taught to wash their hands frequently with an organic handwash and avoid eating food items that have been kept open for several hours.

  1. Cholera: Cholera is usually caused by a type of bacteria that thrives in contaminated water, and food items prepared in them. Unclean toilets or buildings located near unhygienic places might also lead to the spreading of the bacteria

Prevention: Vaccination is a mandate. Plus, maintaining personal hygiene is also important. It is advisable to use sanitisers and disinfectants to keep your children healthy from this disease.

  1. Typhoid: Typhoid is a water-borne disease and is more common in the monsoon season. Contaminated water and food items prepared in unhygienic ways or in unclean surroundings are the main culprits for spreading typhoid.

Prevention: Vaccination is the first line of defence to keep your children healthy. Plus, it is recommended to give boiled water to your children.

Boiled water is a mandate for your little one during the monsoon season to stay away from water-borne diseases. | Image Source: pexels
  1. Viral fever:  Your child has a chance of catching a viral fever more during monsoons as the weather undergoes a lot of fluctuations during this time.

Prevention: A saltwater gargle will soothe your kid’s sore throat. Adding a little amount of turmeric to the water can also be a good idea

  1. Influenza: Influenza is a common condition that can affect your kid in varying degrees in the form of cold and cough. It is caused by a highly contagious virus, that spreads rapidly through the air and enters the body via the nose and throat.

Prevention: Having a strong immunity is its only requisite. You can choose a nutritious and balanced diet for your child to boost his/ her immunity.

  1. Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a serious and dangerous disease that spreads rapidly through water and attacks your child’s liver.

Prevention: Vaccination is the key. Plus, you should teach your child to practice hand hygiene to stay healthy. It is advisable to give boiled water to your child.

  1. Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is also known as Weil’s syndrome and can affect your little one if he/ she comes in contact with polluted water.

Prevention: It is recommended to make your child wear proper footwear that protects the feet from getting wet as coming in contact with dirty water can worsen the scene. It is also advisable to keep your pets clean and get them checked up.

  1. Scabies: Scabies is a skin infection that can infect your child and lead to irritating rashes all over the little one’s body.

Prevention: It is advisable to keep your children away from people who seem to have a skin infection. Try to wash and replace your little one’s bed sheets, and blankets regularly.

Monsoons are something we all look forward to but it brings with them many diseases, following some of these prevention tips will help you keep your little ones safe and healthy.

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