Summer days are not only days to enjoy, but these are also the days to welcome illness.
Dear parents, please go through all the illness and their prevention:
- Food poisoning
During summer many experiences food poisoning, because bacteria will cultivate well in the warm, moist environments.
Food poisoning can be prevented by frequently washing your hands and cooking surfaces, and also cooking foods to their proper temperature and promptly refrigerating leftovers.
- Viral infection
A viral infection is more in this season, no matter what activity you engage in, it’s important to protect yourself against common infection in this season of heat and dust.
Varicella (chickenpox) infection, dengue is common in this season.
- The best way to prevent chickenpox is to get the chickenpox vaccine and make your kids stay away from school / day-care if they’re not feeling well, in that way we can prevent the spread of airborne viral infections.
- Always keep yourself nourished; to prevent the ill-effects of summer.
- Once in a while drink tulsi water or jeera water.
- Keep yourself hydrated.
Mosquito-borne infections like dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever are common in the summer, specifically late summer and early autumn. Aedes (dengue) mosquitoes typically bite day time.
How to prevent mosquito bite:
- Keep your home and surroundings mosquito free as far as possible, mosquitos can breed from stagnant water like a gutter, pond, etc.
- Close all windows and doors with mesh windows open for air circulation.
- Try to avoid artificial and synthetic repellents that are not good for babies and pregnant ladies, instead use natural repellent which is available in the market.
- Sleep under mosquito nets.
- Eye infection:
During summer ultraviolet rays cause sunburned cornea, increased risk of cataracts.
- Sunglasses are recommended for kids of all ages who can handle the glass properly. Purchase sunglasses which can filter both UVB and UVA rays.
- Keep yourself cool and hydrated.
- Bacterial and Fungal infection:
Bacterial infection includes – ear infections such as swimmer’s ear and skin infection like furuncles (boils).
- Get a child’s ears dried thoroughly after exposure to moisture from swimming or bathing. Only the outer ear should be made dried, wiping it slowly and gently with a soft towel or cloth – by doing this it will prevent swimmers ear infection.
Fungal infection generally happens when the wet parts of the body become easy targets for fungi, causing rashes and itching sensation.
- Regular baths and wearing clean clothes can prevent these infections.
- Heat rashes:
This occurs when the skin’s sweat glands are blocked and the sweat produced cannot get to the surface of the skin to evaporate.
Heat rash looks like small bumps and blisters; the skin turns red which leads to prickly sensation. It normally clears up on its own after a few days, but in some situations, we need to visit a doctor.
The commonplace for prickly heat to occur is face, neck, shoulder, and chest. It can affect anyone, but children’s are more likely to have it than adults.
Suggestion: During these times calamine lotion can be used to reduce the symptoms of redness, irritation, and swelling or you can apply talcum powder but do not overdo it especially for babies.
Before applying calamine lotion take suggestions from your doctor.
Ensure the child is hydrated and sweat free.
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