It is the monsoons that we look forward to because it means an end to scorching heat. But while these seasons are great for adults, they may not be so suitable for babies. Monsoons pose a risk for several infections and illnesses, so parents must take extra care to protect their babies during this period. The weak immune system of newborn children makes them prone to infections and illnesses. Therefore, first-time parents must be extra vigilant. Below we will provide some helpful tips for keeping your babies safe from germs, viruses, and mosquitoes during the rainy season.
Cleanliness is a Necessity
All but a handful of illnesses and infections are spread because of inadequate hygiene. For example, as a parent, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your home and environment are tidy and clean. Make sure mosquito breeding areas are kept away from the baby, including the bath, garden, balconies, etc. Do not store excessive water to prevent mosquito breeding. You should disinfect your floor with a disinfectant daily to baby-proof your home.
Here are some helpful Mosquito Prevention Tips.
Children are particularly vulnerable to mosquito bites during the monsoons, so mosquito prevention is very important. In addition to putting your baby under a mosquito net as often as possible, cover them with light-colored, long-sleeved clothes. Infants should not use mosquito repellent products because they may contain harsh chemicals.
Wear Light and Comfortable Clothing
The rainy season is highly unpredictable. Sometimes it rains cats and dogs, and other times it’s humid and sunny. Since you cannot keep changing the baby’s clothes every time the weather changes, it is better to dress them in something light and comfortable. During the monsoons, cotton clothes are more breathable and the baby will not feel suffocated. If the weather gets cold, the baby should wear light woolen clothes.
Change a Diaper Often
First-time parents might not understand why diaper rash occurs. When babies wear a diaper for a long period of time, the trapped moisture can cause irritation and diaper rash. During monsoons, the weather is extremely humid, and diaper rashes and skin allergies are common. Your baby’s diaper must be changed at regular intervals to avoid that. If possible, you should keep them diaper-free for a few hours to allow the skin to breathe.
Only feed fresh food
During the monsoon, the mother of a breastfeeding child must take care of their diet. Mothers can nurse their infants in order to provide them with a nourishing diet which aids in strengthening their immune system. Therefore, mothers should consume a nutritious diet for their babies.
When the baby is weaned off, he/she must be fed freshly prepared food. Whether it is cereal, milk, or soup, every meal should be fresh, well prepared and well cooked. Prevent their getting sick by making them drink only boiled and preferably lukewarm water. Sanitize their bottles before feeding them to prevent the risk of getting sick.