Bumps and bruises, running noses, cuts and nicks – that is how everyone imagines children. After all, falls, fights, and fun are what childhood is all about. However, some children tend to suffer a little more because they are prone to infections. Their problems often compound as the seasons change, causing great anxiety to their parents.
Seasons and their Impact
With every changing season comes a unique set of worries. Parents begin preparing to protect their children from the whims nature, while children inevitably end up suffering in a mild or severe form anyway.
- With the squelching heat and humidity of the summer comes an onslaught of bacterial infections and stomach-related ailments, including nausea and diarrhea. Some children also tend to dehydrate very easily and can run high fevers as a result.
- The rains cause a host of insects to breed quickly, spreading various diseases like malaria and dengue. Water-borne conditions like vomiting, cholera, and typhoid are some other illnesses that abound.
- Winters are the perfect weather for children to catch the flu. It may be in its mildest form in several cases. Yet, it can often prolong in some children, and even aggravate into severe coughs, congestions, body pain, and high fevers. Conditions like bronchitis and other respiratory disorders may also develop.
Protecting Children from Ailments
Protection is the best cure for children prone to infections and ailments. While seasonal elements may come and go, the continual proximity to other children and infections requires constant defense. Here are some simple ways to lower the chances of infection in your children:
- Vaccination: Regular vaccinations help protect children from most diseases and boost their overall immunity. They help lower the severity of conditions if they do attack and help children recover faster. Ensure that you track all the vaccines required for your child and administer them at the appropriate age.
- Diet: There is no substitute for the nutritive needs of a child. Ensure your child has a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of salads, fruit, and vegetables. Providing your child with plenty of vitamins and minerals through natural foods is the best way to help them be healthy.
- Lifestyle: Exercise, rest, and sleep are as important to growth and healing as your diet. Ensure your child has healthy sleep patterns and does enough exercise. Natural light and air are wonderful stimulants. They can help your child be healthier and happier. Exercise and the outdoors also boost moods and immunity in children.
- Hygiene: This is among the most important lessons to teach your child. Develop the habit of frequently washing hands, especially after being outdoors, visiting the washroom, and being in dirty or dusty surroundings. Teach them to develop good toilet habits.
- Seasonal Foods: Seasonal foods can help boost immunity and give your child some much-needed reinforcement during certain seasons. Citrus foods are great immunity boosters and can work wonders during the summer and monsoon. Dry fruits and ginger can help give warmth during winter, and berries are great for kids all year round. Probiotics, like curd, can help the stomach and gut settle quickly, while fibrous foods are wonderful to help flush out toxins and maintain digestion.
- Protection: Children can always benefit from some added protection. Keep their heads covered, especially during the monsoon and winter. Ensure your child always has mosquito repellent cream applied during the monsoons. These seemingly small steps help go a long way in protecting your child.
- Hydrate: There is no substitute for hydration. This is important across all seasons. A well-hydrated body can regulate temperature, fight germs and diseases, and flush out poisons easily. Ensure your child drinks plenty of water, especially while seasons change, so the body can adapt better.
Often being proactive can save you and your child a lot of anxiety and discomfort. Inculcate these practices early in your child’s life to help them build mechanisms to fight diseases and be healthy. Good health is often the result of good sense.