Caring for your Newborn Baby during Monsoon

The monsoon season comes as a great relief after a hot summer. However, the rains also bring with it, humid weather, mosquitoes, flooded roads, diseases and many other problems. You need to be extra careful with a new born at home. Fortunately, with a few precautions, you can help your baby enjoy the monsoon and stay safe.

Stated below are some tips to help you deal with these problems:

Health Problems and Solutions

Some diseases are common during the monsoon. You need to speak to your doctor immediately of your baby shows any of these warning signs:

Dengue

The dengue virus is essentially transmitted by mosquitoes that bite during the day. Some of the early signs of dengue in infants include the following listed below:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Mild skin rash
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Weakness
  • Tiny red spots on the skin
  • Nose bleeds
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dark-coloured stools

Viral Infections

Viral infections are very contagious and common during monsoon. In case, your baby has a fever, chills, joint pain, coughs, or sneezes, take him to the doctor immediately.

Precautions: Keep the baby away from people who are sick with the viral infections, flu, conjunctivitis, or other diseases. Wash your hands before touching your baby (instruct others to do the same).

Diarrhoeal Diseases

If you are bottle feeding the baby, make sure the bottle is boiled properly. Also use boiled and cooled water to prepare formula food.

Leptospirosis

This is a bacterial infection that spreads through dirty water. The infection is serious and can result in cause liver damage, meningitis, jaundice, and renal failure.

Signs include:

  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Blood-tinged saliva

Respiratory Illnesses

It is common for a baby to catch germs when a sick person sneezes or coughs. So it is important to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (instruct others to do so). Also wash your hands with soap and water. Also avoid taking the baby to crowded places.

Monsoon Safety Tips:

  • Keep your baby indoors during the first rain of the season.
  • Dress babies appropriately according to seasonal changes.
  • Keep an emergency kit with medication and supplies for the monsoon.
  • Buy a mosquito net for the baby.
  • The baby should always wear dry and clean clothes.
  • Cut your baby’s nails often.
  • Your babysitter or maid should wash her hands and feet well when she enters your home.
  • Cover your baby’s arms and legs during the day to protect him from mosquito bites.

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