Parents need to be extra careful as newborns are most susceptible to fall ill during the monsoon season. Being fresh out of the womb, the skin of a newborn becomes more vulnerable to catch infections, especially during monsoon. The following health tips by an expert provide answers to all concerns related to your baby.
New Delhi: Monsoon is certainly one of the most loved seasons, providing us with a fresh breath of cool relief after a hot summer. But the rains also bring flooded roads, and often a host of infections. Parents need to be extra careful as newborns are most susceptible to fall ill during this time of the year. From prickly heat rash, nappy rash, pus boils, stomach infection (gastroenteritis), viral infections, mosquito-borne diseases, typhoid, leptospirosis, fungal infections to eczema and scabies – they are equally prone to all these issues.
While no parent would like to see their baby crying, babies become fussier as they develop common illnesses and skin conditions during monsoon. The skin too is an organ that needs full development. Being fresh out of the womb, the skin of a newborn becomes more vulnerable to catch infections, especially during monsoon. ‘How can I prevent my baby from getting skin conditions and other complications during the monsoon?’ are some questions that commonly arise in the minds of concerned mothers during this season. Dr Chitra Nagaraj, MD(Doctor of Medicine) – Community Medicine, PGDMCH (Post Graduate Diploma in Maternal & Child Health), Member of Medela India Lactation Consultant Club, recommends the following health tips, providing answers to all concerns related to your baby.
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- Your baby is beautiful, you need not overdress her/him to prove it. Loose fitting, light cotton clothes are the best. If it gets cold, then a light jacket with some pants or leggings should be just enough to keep her/him warm. You can always keep a thin blanket handy.
- Follow a healthy diet. Typhoid is quite rampant during monsoon. It mainly occurs due to the consumption of contaminated food or water. For babies under 6 months of age, exclusive breastfeeding will keep them protected from infections, for babies above 6 months, avoid outside food or raw/uncooked food. Water, if already started, should be filtered and boiled. Mothers can breastfeed their babies for up to 2 years or even more as it is the best source of nutrient and continued protection from infection.
- Keep your baby away from people who have skin infections as their skin is fresh and sensitive at this stage to quickly catch such infections. Read – Parenting tips: Do’s and don’ts for nursing mothers
- As fresh as their skin are their nails too, making them even sharper. Ensure to trim your baby’s nails to prevent her/him from scratching and spreading the infection.
- Excited babies have the energy to crawl from one place to another throughout the day. Certain level of exposure to bacteria is important for the baby’s health as too much prevention may weaken their immunity and make them prone to catch infections and diseases. A good bath a day in mild soap and regular hand washing will help keep your baby clean and prevent the build-up of bacteria due to sweat, dirt and grime on their skin.
- Don’t forget to always keep your baby dry. Ensure that you dry your baby thoroughly after baths, especially in the areas where the skin folds. Areas like cheeks, chin, neck wrists and knees are some of the most common places that rashes tend to appear.
- Most of all, keep your surroundings clean and look out for any insect coming your baby’s way. Insect bites, like wasp stings or spider bites, can cause serious allergies or worsen an infection. If this happens, consult your child’s doctor immediately.
Redness, jaundice, rashes, sores and irritation are the most common skin related issues that develop among babies. However, parents should not panic that the monsoon is on. Perhaps, Nature is always in flux, so are the cells of human beings. Skin issues are common in babies, but you should always consult a doctor about any changes in your baby. Not only can you prevent complications, but also help your baby feel more comfortable.