But, the season does have a reputation for bringing health issues in households. Lets look at baby care tips for the season:
Tip 1 : Keep your surroundings dry and clean
Give all areas including gardens, bathrooms and balconies a critical look. Make sure all dirt and moss are cleaned. Vacuuming sofas and other fabric-based interiors regularly is recommended. Also, remove collected water and dampness as they encourage mosquitos and fungal infection. Make sure drains aren’t clogged. Check for any electrical wires that may be loose.
Tip 2: If baby is showing signs of illness, don’t delay a doctor's visit.
If your baby or toddler has body ache, sneezing,watery eyes it could indicate the onset of a viral illness. Don’t wait for it to get better on it's own - see a doctor as early as you can.
Tip 3: Keep mosquitoes away
Getting a mosquito net is good. If you have a herbal mosquito repellent, you can use it too. Add lemon grass oil and eucalyptus oil in your floor swabbing liquid to get rid of mosquitoes.
Tip 4: Give baby diaper-free time
Since the surroundings are damp, the baby’s buttocks can become susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections. Give your baby enough time bare-bottomed.
Tip 5: Wear cotton clothes
Both mum and baby should wear cotton clothes to deal with the humidity.
Tip 6: Don’t put on clothes that are damp
Drying clothes in the rainy season is a challenge. But, putting on clothes for the baby that have dampness, even if in patches should be avoided. Dry them completely before using them. Warming them with a hair dryer before putting them on is a good idea.
Tip 7: Keep baby clean
Armpits, ears, genitals and places where skin folds can hold moisture and lead to infections. So, keep the baby dry and clean.
Tip 8: Avoid refrigerated food for your toddler
Make sure food is freshly cooked and vessels are sterilised.
Tip 9: Stay away from crowded places
Baby, and even other family members should avoid crowded places since viral illnesses spread from person to person.
Tip 10: Always carry a bottle of sanitizer
Clean hands frequently. Also, spray baby’s belongings like diaper bag with sanitizer daily.
Tip 11: Plan outdoor activities wisely
Avoid areas with water collection and insects. Don’t take baby near areas that that dense foliage like shrubs. If your toddler wants to get wet in the rain, make sure you don’t make it a long exposure and dry her fast.
Tip 12: Baby’s bath frequency can be reduced
Some doctors recommend that the baby can be bathed thrice a week. Other say bathe daily but after a massage and dry baby quickly. Please decide based on what suits your baby.
Tip 13: Eat healthy
A breastfeeding mum should have a lot of vitamin C and nutrient-rich food. Baby needs breastmilk to build immunity. Your toddler should also pack in foods that cover all vitamins and minerals.
Tip 14: Trim nails
Make sure your baby does not have overgrown nails since he might scratch himself and healing in the damp weather takes longer.
Tip 15: Ensure your toddler washes hands frequently
Your little, playful child may be touching more surfaces than you know. So, frequent handwashing is much needed.
Tip 16: Keep an eye on allergies
The moist season can give rise to rashes, ringworm, itching. Please don’t apply any cream that you use on the baby since a baby’s skin is more sensitive. It's best to see a doctor.
Tip 17: Dress baby in layers
Temperatures may rise and fall during a day and the humidity will also vary. So, it's suggested that you dress the baby in layers that can be removed and added back. Putting on a thick jacket or a warm dress may not be a good idea.
Tip 18: Give boiled and cooled water
Give your baby boiled and cooled water if she’s started on solids. Being careful with water is very important, especially in this season.
Tip 19: Avoid outside food
While it's tempting to order in from outside, this weather is not good for that. If you wish to eat out, make it occasional and choose restaurants that you really trust for their cleanliness.
Tip 20: Keep children away from sick people
It doesn’t matter if someone takes offense, but don’t allow people who have a viral illness to visit and don’t visit them. Some doctors suggest flu vaccination. You can discuss with your paediatrician and decide.