Toys strewn all over the house. Bath time at 1 in the afternoon. Chips forbreakfast and sometimes even for lunch. TV hours going on endlessly. Playing atthe local park for hours at a stretch. Yes! When school breaks rolls around, itcan be a great time for the kids to let their hair down, and shake out of theroutine. But it can also be a cause of concern for parents who are worriedabout their child’s health. This is something we are sure all you parents arefamiliar with, and have been through at some point with your children. Afterall the fluctuating weather of extreme heat/rain coupled with your child’s lackof interest in eating well, can very well become a dampener for his/her holidayspirit. Hence in order to help you overcome this holiday season dilemma, wehave put together some practical tips to get you through the seasons withoutany cause for worry and ensure your child has a health and safe holiday, whichhe/she can enjoy to the hilt.
To beat the heat:
• Stay hydrated – stay healthy: Make sure your child is fueled up on fluidsthrough the day. Whether its fresh fruit juices, or glucose drinks, or plainwater, make sure he/she is carrying a bottle wherever he/she goes, and keepreminding them to keep sipping on it
• Take a break: While children want to make the most of their holiday byplaying outdoors endlessly, a few tips like taking a break in the shade everyhour or so for about 10 mins can prevent them from getting heat exhaustion
• Avoid aerated drinks: These beverages usually contain caffeine and/or largeamount of sugar must which can cause dehydration. They would be better offdrinking lime water instead.
• Avoid day time excursions during peak hours: Avoid sending your childoutdoors between 12 noon and 4 pm as the sun has the highest intensity at thattime.
• Dress for the season: Make sure your child is wearing light weight cottonclothes to avoid skin rashes and extreme heat.
• Snack time: Let your child enjoy a fruit during his snack time as they areavailable in plenty in the summer season and provide a healthy alternate tojunk food and also help in keep him/her hydrated
To make a Splash:
• Dry up: Always keep the surrounding dry and clean and do not allow water toget accumulated around the house. Also dry children’s feet with soft dry clothwhenever they get wet. Keep children’s shoes, socks and raincoats dry andclean.
• Limit the puddle splashes: The puddles that are super fun for your child butcan be a hotbed for viruses and insects so avoid the splashes in the puddlesand if not keep a close eye to avoid any insect bites etc.
• Keep it light: During monsoon intestinal functions along with the digestivesystem become weak. Hence always feed your children light food and spicy andfried food as far as possible. Try and give your child home cooked meals as faras possible during this season to avoid any digestive infections. See to itthat kids do not eat uncooked foods and salads. Also encourage your child tohave warm water with meals as it will aid in easy digestion.
• Safe Hydration: Keeping your child hydrated during this season is importanttoo, however what is more critical is to make sure your children are havingclean boiled water, as monsoon brings with it a higher possibility of waterborne infections
With all these tips under your belt, we are sure you parents will feel moreequipped to handle your child’s health this holiday season, while still keepingthe fun meter running high! Please share any more such tips that you may havefor both the seasons to make it a happy and healthy one for all our i-geniusparents!