7 Tips To Take Care Of Children During Season Changes

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If you know how to take care of children, diseases due to season changes will no longer be a concern.

At the time one season changes to another, weathers suffer from some abnormal changes which affect children’s health. Children hardly adjust to the fickle weather. The cross of seasons is the time of respiratory diseases, digestive diseases, hand, foot and mouth diseases, flu, red eyes… as bacteria, viruses and mold have good condition to reproduce, develop and spread.

Prevention is better than cure is a golden principle. The followings are some tips that help children stay strong during season change.

Wear masks when going out

Description: Masks not only help prevent dust, but respiratory infectious virus and bacteria.

Masks help prevent not only dust, but also respiratory infectious virus and bacteria.

Masks help prevent not only dust, but also respiratory infectious virus and bacteria. Therefore, having a habit of wearing masks since young is very good in protecting the health. Especially, at the cross of seasons, there’ll lots of disease outbreaks, so wearing masks will protect children from getting infected directly from air, saliva and nose-throat mucus.

Wash hands with soap in at least 20 seconds a time

You don’t have to contact patients to have the risk of getting infected. Viruses and bacteria live in vectors like towels, glasses, toys, phones, elevator buttons…. Therefore, parents should make children get used to washing hands with soap daily, especially when they are home from school, playgrounds or before meals. You should teach children to wash hands rightly and carefully to make sure their hands clean (rub the palm, the heads of fingers, wrists… in at least 20 seconds) and remove the habits of sucking hands and putting toys in the mouth.

Have saline drops

Weather change makes children’s nose dry, stuffed or watery. Saline is requisite in the period of time. A few drops of saline (you can warm up the saline by soaking in the warm water; you can try some drops on your hands before cleaning baby’s eyes with it) will help children with breathing, clean the mucus, prevent the mucus flow down to the throat, thus prevent sore throat and cough.

Especially, in the case that there’re red eye outbreaks, using saline daily to wash eyes is the best way to prevent red eyes.

Have honey drinks (lemon with rosy pulp/kumquat/wampee dipped in honey…)

Description: Honey is considered to be a panacea in treating inflammation and improve health.

Honey is considered to be a panacea in treating inflammation and improving health.

Honey is considered to be a panacea in treating inflammation and improving health. Dilute a teaspoon of honey with warm water or a teaspoon of lemon with rosy pulp (kumquat, wampee…) dipped in honey for a drink for children in the morning. Thereby, children can maintain good health, get rid of bad bacteria and be prevented from infectious respiratory diseases. Parents should be careful when feeding children under 1 year old honey; do not let the  children eat honey directly, but cook the honey with lemon thyme leaves or a few slices of kumquat…

Wear appropriate clothes

The weather during season change can switch from being cold to hot, sunny to rainy just in one day… Therefore, parents should prepare appropriate clothes for children. If the clothes are too thick, children will secrete too much sweat while wearing too thin, which can cause them cold, cough, fevers…

If children go to school, they should bring along one long-sleeve coat for wearing on the way, a set of warm clothes in case the weather gets cold, and a set of short clothes in case the weather gets hot.

Pyjamas are also worth considering. It depends on weathers and the room temperatures that you choose the right clothes for your children to wear. However, cotton clothes is the best as it’s cool, absorbs sweat, covers the neck and abdomen.

Outdoor activities

Self-adjustment is the most wonderful effects of human body, and parents can totally help children to practice it. If it’s just because you’re afraid of the fact your children will get sick that you keep them in the house. You shouldn’t do so as it just makes your children weaker and easily infected to diseases. Give children opportunities to get used to weather changes by taking them out usually for outdoor activities like walking or having a trip in the park…

Nutrient supplies

Description: Choose foods that are rich in zinc and selenium for children to eat.

Choose foods that are rich in zinc and selenium for children to eat.

A sensible diet is one of important elements to help children maintain good health. Especially in the time of season crosses, disease outbreaks, parents need to pay more attention to children’s daily needs of nutrients. A meal of children should include at least 1 glass of orange, 1 ration of fruits, and 1 box of yogurt.   

Increase providing foods that contain zinc and selenium – the 2 micronutrients that are able to improve their resistances, stimulate appetite, increase nutrient absorptions. The foods include beef, oyster, soy beans, bean sprouts, pumpkin, peanuts, cheese, chicken breasts, shrimps, crabs…

 
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