How to prep up your child against viral infections this changing weather
While it is not possible to predict or even wholly protect your kids from an unforeseen illness or viral infection, it is possible to build some safeguards to ensure that your little one is fit enough to fight the infections.
It's in the air, they say. Every second person I know is either coughing, sneezing or fighting a viral infection these days.
Everyone from experts to grandmothers warns us how changing weather can bring with itself a slew of nagging health disorders.
And if you have kids at home, the going gets even tougher; as you not only have to protect them against the viral infection flying in the air like an epidemic but also keep yourself strong and sturdy to take care of them.
And while it is not possible to predict or even wholly protect your kids from an unforeseen illness or viral infection, it is possible to build some safeguards to ensure that your little one is fit enough to fight the infections.
Here are a few things that I have collated from my visits to the doctors' and from the wisdom imparted generously by grandmothers and caring aunties.
Believe me, most of them have a scientific logic and while they do not guarantee that no illness will touch your baby it will surely make them stronger and boost immunity.
As soon as there is a slight nip in the air, usually which happens post-Diwali, in my household we replace evening snacks with healthy wholesome soups.
The warm soups are not only nourishing but I follow my mum's advice of adding grated ginger to it -- the easiest camouflage way to get some ginger in your baby's diet.
Ginger is a great immunity booster and also keeps a sore throat at bay. You can add variety by choosing a variety of soups such tomato, vegetable, chicken or sweet corn.
Bring in the antioxidants
As the weather begins to cool, you may be lucky to get antioxidant-rich fruits such blueberries, strawberries or even broccoli. Try to include more of these in your child's diet as these will boost up their immune system making them less susceptible to infections.
For fussy eaters, instead of whole fruits you can even chop strawberries in homemade dahi or grate broccoli and stuff it in parathas. A sure shot way to get the goodness in.
Avoid crowds and closed spaces
Another precaution I particularly recommend during this time of the year when the weather is becoming from hot to cold, thus giving the bacteria a perfect temperature to breed and grow is to avoid overtly crowded places.
While this does not mean that you keep them cooped inside the house, the better idea is to take a walk in the park instead of visiting a mall which is closed.
Closed spaces that have air conditioning running are notorious for trapping infections.
Imagine hundreds of people visiting a closed space with no natural outlet and the same air which may be carrying infectious bacteria being circulated and inhaled by everyone. Yes, that's what a closed, crowded space does to you so avoid it till the weather clears up.