Protect Your Kids from These Common Illnesses during the Rainy Season

With the unbearable heat summer brought in the Philippines, everyone has been looking forward to the cool rainy season. Now that it’s finally here and the cooler weather is quite welcome, the change also brings about risks in acquiring different kinds of illnesses among kids.

It’s only essential for parents to take extra precaution so that kids will still remain healthy and safe, especially from these common ailments during this rainy season.

Protect Your Kids from These Common Illnesses during the Rainy Season

Cough and Colds

Two of the most common symptoms associated with the rainy season are cough and colds. Children are always warned to avoid getting soaked in the rain so as not to get sick, but it isn’t really the rain that directly causes the sickness. Colds are caused by viruses, and the lower body temperature kids or adults have during prolonged time outside on rainy days can result in a weaker immune system.

Prevention:

To lower the chance of getting a cold, remind kids of basic hygiene practices such as frequently washing hands. When rain is expected, make sure to bring appropriate rain gear for children so they can keep warm. If you or your child gets wet from the rain, take a shower or bath as soon as possible to regulate body temperature to normal levels.

Asthma

Weather changes can easily affect people with asthma and can worsen asthma symptoms. During the rainy season, there is a bigger chance of mold growth due to the wet weather. This can be aggravated when there’s wind that could blow mold and pollen in the air. It’s imperative for everyone – not just kids – who has asthma to be aware and on the lookout for these asthma triggers.

Prevention:

The easiest way to prevent triggering asthma is to avoid going out when weather conditions are extreme. During these times, prioritize doing indoor play or other activities. While indoors, it’s also important to keep watch over the quality of the air and assess if it’s becoming too humid, cold, dry, or hot. Make the necessary adjustments in the surrounding temperature to avoid triggering asthma flare-ups.

What to do during an asthma attack:

Of course the quickest way to resolve an asthma attack is to use medication. Keep your kid’s inhaler close, make sure that they’re sitting comfortably when administering, and remind them to keep calm by taking slow breaths. If their condition is not improving, seek immediate medical help.

Allergies

Allergies are triggered much in the same way as asthma is. Frequent rain can also disperse foreign particles into the air, such as pollen, mold, and dust mites. While the colder air is something we’ve looked forward to after such a sweltering summer season, kids who are really sensitive to it can experience different allergy symptoms, such as an irritated respiratory system or itchiness.

Prevention:

At home, it helps to vacuum regularly to keep irritants at bay. Be aware of humidity levels and use the aircon or dehumidifier to your advantage, as they can also help filter the air.

What to do when your child gets allergies:

Always keep their allergy medication close and provide the recommended dosage. In case symptoms persist, seek immediate medical help.

Diarrhea

Frequent rain can contaminate water sources, especially when there is flooding, which can drive the presence of bacteria and other pathogens.

Prevention:

Always remind kids to practice good hygiene. Frequently wash hands, especially after spending time outside. It’s also important to check that the food and water being consumed is clean. Filter or boil drinking water to be safe and thoroughly wash and cook food items as necessary.

What to do when diarrhea hits:

The most important thing to do is to keep hydrated. Encourage your kids to drink lots of fluids. For babies, continue breastfeeding or providing formula. Also encourage them to take probiotics to hasten gut recovery and health.

Leptospirosis

The risk of contracting leptospirosis spikes after heavy rains and flooding. It can occur when puddles or flood waters contaminated with the leptospira bacteria, passed through animal urine in the soil, come into contact with a person’s open membranes or through cuts or abrasions.

Jaundice, or the yellowing of the skin and eyes, is one of the most common symptoms of leptospirosis, but the illness can also manifest through high fever, chills, vomiting, and diarrhea, among others.

How to prevent leptospirosis:

On rainy days, ask kids to just stay indoors as much as possible. If it’s necessary to go outside, make sure to provide appropriate rain gear such as boots and raincoats. Avoid letting them wade through flood waters at all costs.

What to do if you suspect leptospirosis:

Seek immediate medical help if any symptoms persist after a few days. Delaying treatment can lead to complications and more severe symptoms. At the onset, treatment will be administered through antibiotics.

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