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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What You Can Do to Keep Your Child Illness-Free During the Rainy Season


The rainy season is always a wonderful time of the year because it cools everything down in the country. However, as much as people enjoy the weather, it can wreak havoc on your child’s health.

In 2007, there were 49,173 cases of dengue in Malaysia, with 181 cases happening for every 100,000 people. Most of the patients were children aged 0 to 15 years old, according to the Ministry of Health of Malaysia.  There are also specific strains of severe diarrhea that affect children the most in the country, according to a research done by Ch’ng, Lee, and Kirkwood published in 2011 in the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases.  These are just a few of the illnesses that occur most during the rainy season.

What can you do? Here are some tips on how to protect your child from the illnesses and infections that the rain brings:

Dress you child up according to the season. Since it is rainy, your child needs protection. Get them a raincoat, a pair of rain boots, and teach them the right way to use an umbrella. You cannot risk your child soaking in the cold rain and floods. These are the ways on how your child can get in contact with harmful bacteria and viruses that are popular during the rainy season.

Drink clean water all the time. The best choice is distilled water so have an ample supply of it at home. You can also install a water purifier on your tap just to make sure that the water in your home is safe.

Talk to your doctor about vaccinations. There are some vaccines that can help build the immune system of your child against influenza and cholera. Your doctor can give you the right information on these and administer the shots on your child too. Get oriented on possible preventive measures that you can do for waterborne diseases like diarrhea and leptospirosis.

Teach your child the right way to wash hands. As a general rule, one must wash hands while singing two rounds of the happy birthday song while rubbing palms and fingers of both hands together with a generous amount of soap. Tell your kids to wash hands as much as they can to ensure cleanliness at all times.

Do not let water be stagnant around your home. If you see undisturbed water in and around your house, you can either throw that away or place a cover on it. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water and these can grow to be dengue fever carrying mosquitoes. Protect your family, especially your children from this deadly illness.
It is important to have a balanced meal with lots of vitamins and minerals that will protect your child from all the possible illnesses during the rainy season. If the doctor recommends supplements such as vitamin C or probiotics, then heed this advise to add more protection for your child.


 My opinion:
It's better to safe than sorry right? Thus we need to take some preventive measures to ensure our kids health. If we don't than who else can do it?


yatie chomeyl said...

maso kito kecik2 dulu relax jah main huje sbb maso tu iar huje pun x berasid mace lo ni...budok2 lo ni klu keno huje, metar deme la huhuuhuh

Puan Kutu said...

musim2 hujan nie mmg anak2 mudah kena demam n selsema.tq 4 sharing..:)

Xiet_Enigma said...

Good reminder...lagi2 ada toddler kt umah...hehe.

Xiet_Enigma said...

Baru baca post ni beberapa hari lepas, tup tup anak demam pulok...hehe.... alhamdulillah ada lah reminder ni:)