During the rainy season, there are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your baby. While the rainy season provides much-needed reprieve from the heat, it also promotes mosquito and other insect breeding grounds. After all, diseases like dengue and malaria can be a genuine threat during the monsoon season, so mothers with babies start to be concerned about their health.
Here are a few pointers to get you through the season.
1. Make sure the baby is clean
While it's important to keep your kid clean at all times, it's more crucial during the rainy season. In a humid climate, babies, like the rest of us, sweat heavily. They also don't move nearly as much as adults or small children, increasing the likelihood of bacteria multiplying. As a result, feed your baby sponges on a regular basis to keep his or her skin germ-free. To absorb moisture and keep the skin dry, use a light talcum powder.
2. Take care of your clothing
When it rains, the air can become moist and chilly. With the windows shut to keep the water out, it can get stuffy inside. To keep the air bright and breathable, many people switch on the air conditioner. All of this can make your baby feel cold, so wrap her up tightly. Don't, however, put away the baby's summer clothes. For those days when the sun shines, you should keep light cotton clothing on hand. Even throughout the rainy season, there are sunny days.
3. Watch what you eat and drink
Whether you're nursing or not, a healthy child need a healthy mom, so pay attention to what you eat and how you feed your infant during the rainy months. Only drink boiling or purified water because diarrhoea and other water-borne infections could be hiding nearby. Malaria is also a threat during this time of year. Mosquitoes will stay away from your child if you use the right insect repellant and mosquito nets. To avoid caking caused by moisture in the air, store baby formula in the fridge. Flies can be a problem, so keep them at bay using nets.
4. Stay indoors
Both the mother and the infant should strive to spend as much time indoors as possible. This may not always be possible, so if you must go outside, do it during daytime hours or when the weather is dry. Remember to wrap up well or wear long-sleeved clothing when you go out so your baby's limbs aren't exposed. This keeps them warm while also keeping insects at bay.
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