While the monsoon brings much-needed relief from the heat, it also encourages breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects. Mothers with babies begin to worry about their health – after all, diseases such as dengue and malaria can be a very real threat during the rainy season.
Here are some tips to help you sail through the season.
1. Keep baby clean
While you should keep your baby clean at all times, it’s even more important during the monsoon. Babies, like the rest of us, sweat profusely in a humid environment. Also, they don’t move around as much as adults or young kids, which increases the chance of bacteria breeding. So, give your baby frequent sponges to keep the skin germ-free. Use a mild talcum powder to absorb moisture and ensure the skin remains dry.
2. Mind the clothes
When it is pouring down the air can get damp and chilly. It can become stuffy indoors with the windows shut to keep out the rain. Many turn on the air-conditioning to keep the air light and breathable. All this can give your baby a chill, so it is better to wrap her up well. However, don’t pack away baby’s summer clothes. You should keep light cotton clothes handy for those days when the sun shines. Yes, even the monsoon season can have sunny days.
3. Eat and drink cautiously
Whether nursing or not, a healthy baby needs a healthy mother, so watch what you eat and feed your baby during the wet months. Drink only boiled or purified water – diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases may be lurking in the neighborhood. Malaria is another danger during this season. Using Goodknight Patches keep mosquitoes away from your kid. Store baby formula in the refrigerator to prevent it from caking due to the moisture in the air. Flies can be a nuisance, so use nets to keep them at bay.
4. Stay indoors
Both the mother and baby should try to stay indoors as much as possible. This may not always be practical, so when you do venture out, try and do it during the daylight hours or when it’s dry outside. When you step out, remember to wrap up well or wear long-sleeved clothes so your baby’s limbs are not exposed. This keeps them warm and prevents insects from latching on.
Despite your best efforts, chances are mosquitoes will keep on troubling you. You can take further precautions to ensure they don’t bite your little ones. You can use Goodknight Patches whether indoors or out. They are ideal for use on your baby’s cot and his or her clothes while stepping out of your home. These patches are skin-friendly and can be used for the baby too. These are absolutely safe unless one is (rarely) allergic to them. Monsoons can be a joyful time but it’s important to stay healthy and disease-free too.