We look forward to the monsoons because it signals the end of scorching heat. But while adults enjoy it, this season might not be so great for newborns. Since the monsoons can play host to several infections and illnesses, it is extremely important for parents to take extra care of their tiny tots to keep them safe. First-time parents need to be extra vigilant as newborn children are susceptible to infections and illnesses due to their weak immune system. We have mentioned some useful information on how to keep your babies safe from germs, viruses, and mosquitoes this rainy season.
#1 Cleanliness is a must
Most illnesses and infections are caused due to poor cleanliness. If you have an infant, you need to ensure that your home and surroundings are all neat and clean. This includes all the areas where the baby goes including bathroom, garden, balconies, etc. Avoid unnecessary storage of water to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Clean the house daily with a disinfectant to baby-proof your floor.
#2 Mosquito prevention
Mosquito-borne diseases are highly prevalent during the monsoons. Kids are susceptible to mosquito bites, so mosquito prevention is very important. Make sure to put your baby under a mosquito net, whenever possible. Secondly, cover them with full-sleeved clothes of light fabric. Using mosquito repellent products on infants is not suggested because they may contain harsh chemicals.
#3 Light and comfy clothes
Rainy season is highly unpredictable. Sometimes it's raining cats and dogs, other times it's humid and sunny. You cannot keep changing the baby’s clothes with every change in the weather. So, it is better to dress them in something light and comfortable. Cotton clothes are preferred during the monsoons as these are breathable and the baby would not feel suffocated. If the weather gets cold, dress the baby in light woolen clothes.
#4 Change diapers frequently
First-time parents might not know about diaper rash and why they are caused. When babies wear a diaper for long hours, the trapped moisture might cause irritation and trigger diaper rash. During monsoons, the weather is extremely humid, and the risk of diaper rashes and skin allergies is very high. To avoid that, you must change the diaper of your baby at regular intervals. If possible, keep them diaper-free for some hours to allow the skin to breathe.
#5 Feed only fresh food
If the child is breastfeeding, the mother must take care of their diet during the monsoons. Babies can get nutrition through mother’s milk that helps boost their immune system. So, mothers need to consume a nutritious diet for the baby.
But, if the baby is weaned off, he/she must be fed freshly prepared food. Whether it is cereal or milk or soup, every meal should be fresh and well-cooked. Make them drink only boiled but preferably lukewarm water. Sterilize their bottles before feeding them to not pose any risk.
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