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How to protect children’s health in summer

dr Suresh Birajdar, a pediatrician at Motherhood Hospital, says high temperatures and humidity are causing problems health in children becomes more difficult. He outlines some signs and health conditions, as well as precautions parents need to be aware of.

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heat shock

This condition is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. When a child has heat stroke or heat stroke, the child will show symptoms such as exhaustion, headache, dizziness, and weakness.

To fix this, lower the child’s temperature with water or ice. When playing outside, children must wear a hat or cap to cover their heads.

food poisoning

Hot and humid weather leads to the growth of bacteria that can contaminate food and lead to foodborne illness. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid street food and stale or undercooked foods.

dehydration

In the summer, children lose a lot of water and salt in the form of sweat. Therefore, children need to be replenished by maintaining sufficient water. Coconut water, milk, and soda are some good options for staying hydrated.

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sunburn

Excessive exposure to the sun can damage your baby’s skin. Sunburn causes redness, inflammation, blistering, and possible peeling of the skin. Parents should not let their children go out in the sun without sunscreen, especially between 11am and 4pm

rash

Rashes, blisters, infections, and allergies are common in children. In addition, eczema is also a skin disease that is aggravated by sweating, sun exposure and increased oil secretion in summer; which in turn will cause your child to develop a skin rash.

To control skin irritation, parents can apply cold compresses to the affected skin. In the summer, dress your child in comfortable and loose-fitting cotton clothing and avoid using skin products without consulting a doctor.

waterborne diseases

Contaminated water can cause typhoid fever, diarrhea, cholera, jaundice and dysentery in children. Prepare filtered water for kids to bring when they go out or to school.

conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can cause symptoms such as redness, itching, and inflammation of the eyes. Check your child’s eyes regularly, make sure they don’t touch their eyes, and take medication if necessary.

urinary tract infection (UTI)

This is an infection in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Urinary tract infections in children increase in summer due to insufficient water intake. Therefore, children must maintain good personal hygiene and drink enough water.

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