The rainy weather brings relief from the scorching sun with a soothing breeze and lower temperatures. However, this also means that flu season is around the corner. Here are some tips for keeping young ones protected during the rainy season.
A healthy and balanced diet is one of the best ways to keep illness at bay. Feed your child a sensible diet that is rich in fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains and low in saturated fat. Look for vibrantly colored food in shapes of red, orange, purple and yellow, such as broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and pumpkin, as these are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to keep the body healthy.
Boost the immune system
Contrary to popular belief, a study by the Canadian Medical Association found that zinc is better at preventing the common cold than Vitamin C. Taking Vitamin C may shorten the disease, but children who take 10-15 mg of zinc daily are less likely to catch a cold. Protein-rich foods are a great source of zinc, as are spinach, pumpkin seeds, nuts and chocolate.
Get sufficient sleep
A good night's sleep is essential to staying healthy and keeping the immune system in tip-top condition. As a guideline, ensure that toddlers get about 11 to 13 hours of sleep, primary school children about 10 to 11 hours, tweens about 9 to 10 hours and teenagers about 2 to 9 hours of sleep daily.
The aforementioned study also found that hand-washing can prevent the spread of cold viruses. Soaps that can remove germs by 99.9% , like Safeguard, can reduce chances of sickness in children. Teach your kids to wash their hands with soap and water before eating, after using the toilet and when they get home. Make it a rule that they change into clean clothes when they return home from school.
Wipe down frequently touched areas such as door knobs, cabinet handles, taps and the dining table to get rid of viruses and bacteria that may be lingering on these surfaces.
Keep mosquitos away
For those living in a tropical climate, the rainy season is also a time of year when mosquitos come out to play. To avoid the spread of dengue fever, the most common mosquito-borne viral disease in the world, it is essential to prevent the breeding of the Aedes mosquito. Check your home frequently to clear patches of stagnant water that nap collect in flower pots, drains and even uncovered pots and pans. You can also install mosquito nets over your children's beds and apply mosquito repellent before they head outdoors.
You can shelter your children from the storm, but with a healthy immune system and good hygiene, they'll be safe to jump in puddles of rain.
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