The rainy season brings a multitude of water-borne diseases that can strike at your sweetest and dearest. Here are some reminders to keep your bundle of joy in the pink of health – no matter what the weather is.
The baby’s primary defense against diseases is vaccination. Have immunization shots for the highly-communicable diseases such as diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) or DPT for the first few months, and immunization for measles-mumps-rubella (German measles) or MMR at 15 months. Don’t worry if the child has slight fever or swelling a few days after the shots. It will safely disappear. Check with your pediatrician when the baby is due for a date with the doctor.
If anybody is sick with any of these diseases, do the appropriate measures to keep him from infecting the whole family most especially the baby. Isolate the sick person and don’t let anybody use his utensils. Better yet, confine him in a hospital.
Water is not always as pure as it seems to be. It is the foremost agent of bacteria, so never assume that what comes out of the faucet is always clean. According to UNICEF, water-borne diseases wash away as many as one million young lives every year. Diarrhea is the third leading cause of death among children. The menace of unclean water also causes serious illnesses.
For the baby’s use, boil the water for at teat fifteen minutes–this is enough time to kill harmful bacteria. Sterilize baby’s bottles, rubber nipples and utensils in boiling water before using.
Don’t let the sterile equipment sit too long in the ref or cabinet because germs and dust can set in. You can cover these in aluminum foil to ensure its purity.
A great deal of time and effort should be put in the preparation of baby food. Like dirty water, unclean food is the chief agent of illness. Prevent flies and other insects from coming in contact with the food. After preparing, always cover the baby’s bowl. At feeding time, open the bowl halfway to avoid exposure.
Toddlers are the messiest eaters. Always have a clean washcloth handy for fast clean ups.
Mosquitoes, along with cockroaches and rats, are the undisputed carriers of viral diseases. Remember that the deadly dengue fever and malaria come from mosquitoes while rats and roaches bring all sorts of ailments.
Install safety screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from entering the house. Bug sprays might be harmful for the baby, so opt for mosquito nets, electric mosquito repeller or water-based sprays for his protection. Don’t trust your cupboard. Wash the kitchen utensils before using. Rats and roaches might have crawled on them during the night.