Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” — Henry David Thoreau
There is certain magic around the changing of the seasons. How we wait for the first drops of rain after a parched summer, or how all await the time when the rain stops so that we can go about our day unhindered again.
While there are no specific ways to ensure no illness, there are certain things that can be done to reduce the chances for the illness to occur.
Breastfed babies are known to have greater immunity as compared to the purely formula-fed ones. The longer the breastfeeding continues, the better it is. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months followed by the introduction of complementary feeds is a good way of ensuring good immunity.
2. Adequate Nutrition:
For older children, balanced nutrition is important. Home-cooked meals including plenty of vegetables, with an adequate quantity of fruits, are important. It is always better to avoid the instant foods available in the market.
It should be ensured that the children get adequate amounts of protein, healthy fats in their diet. Some dry fruits and nuts if possible can be added for variety.
It is important to keep the child adequately hydrated. This ensures that the body is able to regulate its temperature.
4. Good sleep:
A good amount of sleep is necessary to rest and to heal.
5. Dress appropriately:
The kids should be dressed appropriately according to the weather. Infants are not able to regulate their body temperature. However, it's important not to overdress them as to cause excess warmth.
It is essential that the immunizations are up to date. Vaccines help to prevent many diseases by building immunity against the organism. Flu vaccines are to be given once every year.
7. Good hygiene:
It is important to follow good handwashing practices to prevent diseases. Any soap and water are appropriate, or a hand sanitizer can also be used.
physical activity is important to build good immunity. An adequate amount of exercise according to age is to be encouraged.
In the unprecedented times that we are living right now with the pandemic, there are additional precautions that are needed to be taken.
It is important to encourage children above 2 years of age to wear a mask if they are going to be in contact with people other than family.
2. Maintaining safe distance:
A distance of at least 6 feet is essential for everyone but family.
3. Cover the mouth:
It is essential to teach them the importance of covering their mouths while coughing and sneezing.
There can also be challenges like stress during this pandemic. This can affect both the children and their parents. It is important to recognize the signs and act on them if needed with a mental health professional. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body, and also a healthy mind requires a healthy body.
There can be no greater helplessness than to see your child suffer through illness. There are some danger signs which indicate the need for consultation with a pediatrician. This includes but not limited to persistent vomiting, reduced appetite, increased fussiness, or irritability. For further care please consult ASTER RV Pediatrics department.