Rainy season gives us a break from scorching summer and brings unforgettable memories of our childhood days. But for mothers, it brings the time to get worried about their baby’s health. The temperature changes and moist weather are the ideal conditions for viruses, fungi, bacteria, and mosquitoes. Since babies, especially newborns have lower levels of immunity than older kids and adults; they are prone to respiratory, eye and skin infections during the rainy season. So, mothers need to take special care of their little ones in monsoon.
To help the mothers to protect their little angels from the illness in the season of thunders and rain drops, here are some tips which can keep their babies safe and smile all through this wet season.
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Breastfeed for stronger immunity
Mother’s milk is packed with antibodies and immunity boosters and no best formula can beat the goodness of it. So, give your little one strength to fight the infection causing germs with your milk. It is advisable to avoid bottle feeding as it can increase the risk of infections if the bottles are not properly cleaned.
During monsoons, the temperatures keep on changing. If the weather is hot and humid though it is raining, it is better to dress up the baby with cotton clothes. Though the climate is cool, there is no need to use woollen wear in the rainy season. But make sure to dress up the baby with full-length pants and full sleeve clothes for night wear.
Skin and Hair care
Even in monsoon, babies tend to sweat which could accumulate and lead to rashes or infections. So, bath baby during the day with Luke warm water and make a sponge bath at night. There are might be dirt in the folds of the skin, underarms, thighs, and neck. So, make sure to wipe off and pat dry.
Apart from this, using the diaper for a long time can lead to rash or infections. Changing diapers for every 3 to 4 hours can avoid diaper rash. Also, cutting baby’s nails regularly avoids accumulation of dirt.
Monsoon is the season in which water mostly gets polluted, this leads to the rise of several water-borne diseases like diarrhea. So, make sure to always use boiled and cooled water for baby. If your baby is bottle-fed, prepare the formula milk and supplements with boiled water and always remember to keep the food covered.
Along with the hygiene food and water, make sure to keep the utensils of baby sterilized as well. Wash your hands before preparing the baby food and feeding. The feeding equipment of the baby should be sterilized and pat dry.
Keep the surroundings clean
Water logging during monsoon allows mosquitoes to breed but also leads to many bacterial and fungal growths which lead to several diseases. So, it is always better to do a pre-monsoon check, especially in the baby’s room. Make sure there are no chances of having dampness or water leakage in the room and improper electrical wiring.
Cleanliness can avoid mosquitoes and other insects from entering the house, but preventive measures need to be taken. Use mosquito nets on the baby’s bed and stick a wire mesh on the windows and doors. If necessary, you can use a mosquito repellent cream for baby only after seeking advice from the pediatrician.