Summer Health for Kids
In India, we have what can be called a tropical climate for the most part, and this includes rather extreme summers. Indian summers are characterized by intense humidity along with heat, both of which are responsible for quite a few health issues in kids!
Since prevention is a cure, it’s better to be informed of the most common summer health concerns in kids, so that you can take adequate precautions.
After all, forewarned is forearmed!
Dehydration is the most common summer health concern in kids, They probably look like they’re drinking more than usual, but it’s likely to still be less than what their bodies need in hot weather. The risk increases if they regularly play outdoors, as they sweat a lot. The signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, fatigue and very little urine frequency. In such situations, give them a drink of water, oral rehydration solution or coconut water – this help to restore the minerals and salts lost through sweating.
Every season comes with its own set of allergens, and summer is no different! Pollen counts are higher and inhalant allergies are on the rise. Allergies, cause sneezing and nose irritations. Kids are mostly home from school and go outdoors to play, increasing exposure. Keep antihistamines on hand and try to minimize contact with the allergens.
Indian summers are notorious for their high humidity. Unfortunately, this is the perfect environment for fungal infections. Common spots are the underarms, groin, between the toes and anybody folds or creases which don’t get much air time. It usually presents itself as constant itching and redness. It is important to maintain good hygiene and wear clean, dry clothes at all times. Special care must be taken after playing outdoors or swimming. Some useful tips to follow with children are; always wash the hands and feet after playing, change the sweat-stained clothes frequently during a day. Try to keep the children away from stray animals.
Prickly heat is one the most common summer health concerns for kids in India and it occurs because of excessive sweating which ends up blocking the sweat glands. Young children are particularly prone to prickly heat because of their underdeveloped sweat glands. It usually appears as tiny raised spots over a surface of the body like the back, abdomen or arms. It is itchy and in some cases, a mild redness might persist. It’s better to prevent it by keeping kids in a cool environment. A few things to keep in mind to prevent Prickly heat is to make sure the child is well hydrated. Dress the child in soft lightweight cotton clothes.
Summers make a breeding time for Insects. Since kids may play outdoors, the frequency of insect bites also increases. Leaving windows open for ventilation also invites the little bugs inside. Common insects that bite are mosquitoes, ticks, bees, and wasps. While not very serious, some bites may trigger an allergic reaction, in which case immediate medical attention is required. Any unidentified bite is best brought to the notice of the doctor.
Stay Hydrated, Stay Safe this Summer and have a fun and frolic time! With loads of regards- The Skin Central.