Monsoon is the perfect respite from the summer heat. On a rainy day, one is taken back to our childhood days of making paper boats, jumping in puddles and the joys of mindless splashing around. But now that you are all grown up, and a mother, there are a few responsibilities that come our way too; we know that the monsoons may threaten the health of the child and household. So why not make things easier these monsoons with some nostalgia, fun and health for your child also?
The good news is that the Monsoon is nature’s cleansing. So these very monsoons can aid your health cleanses too, as you soak in the best of this weather.
Ultimate Monsoon Health Gear-up Checklist For Moms
Pre-Monsoon Health Checkup
Families need to be watchful about their health. As it is also time for infections, inflammation, skin diseases, etc, symptoms of some of these diseases are visible quite instantly. Specialized Monsoon health checkups can be conducted at home by a lab expert, who visits the house. Besides, taking health checkups twice a year is a sure preventive measure one can take for seasonal changes.
At-Home Precautions Moms Can Take
A variety of diseases occur during the monsoons from the consumption of contaminated food and water. Moms should take care of the child’s health by ensuring plenty of ‘home-cooked’ food, clean drinking water, fresh fruits and vegetables, and most importantly consciously cutting out and replacing junk and roadside/ street food, fizzy drinks, etc food with an exciting at-home diet as an option instead.
Incorporate natural immune boosters in your diet. These could include adding the following to food and this can start at the pre-monsoon stage itself.
- Basil Leaves (raw)
All these natural remedies help prepare the immune system for weather changes and are great habits year-round!
Appropriate Clothing For The Kids
- Getting drenched in the rain can inflame allergies like hay fever, skin rashes, and other infections. It is thus important to dress up the kids appropriately when they step out, and as a precaution, always carry an extra jacket for them, no matter what.
- Raincoats, umbrellas, etc provide adequate safety from the rains and make this extra baggage a habit for the family.
- One should wear breathable and light fabrics like cotton and mul, that both let the skin breathe, and dry up easily.
- Rainproof shoes or gumboots are another great way to protect those tiny feet from getting wet & infected.
Monsoons should in no way compromise your daily fitness habits. Just because you are not able to send the children out to kick the ball around or play in the garden or take a walk, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find fun ways of upping the fitness quotient to them indoors.
Right from Yoga to stretches to indoor games like hide & seek or even creating obstacle paths and others provide you with great fitness options. Yoga is a fabulous habit to inculcate in the monsoons as the air has never been fresher and nature helps the body cure instinctively. Stretching is a fabulous habit for life and can be initiated into your child’s life making health, the best gift you can give your children.
Safeguard Against Diseases
Water-logging is the breeding ground for mosquitoes which cause malaria and dengue. Ensure that coolers, vases, water pots, etc are regularly drained of water. Try making the house mosquito-proof by keeping doors and windows closed after sunsets, along with using herbal mosquito repellent creams and sprays works whenever stepping out.
Another great way to sanitize the house is to use rock salt and mix it into the mopping water. This not only works as a disinfectant but also cleanses the house by removing the negative energies there.
In fact, taking a ‘salt bath’ daily will work wonders too, as it cleanses the aura and also heals and disinfects the body!
Procedure for a Pranic Salt Bath:
A delightful salt water bath is an easy way to cleanse your aura of negative energy and increase your health and vitality.
- This is to be done post your soap application & rinse; you can lightly apply salt all over the body when the body is still moist while keeping the tongue attached to the palate, which also happens naturally as you shut your mouth.
- Now take long breaths for 30 seconds up to a minute and then rinse off the salt from the body. Your aura salt cleanse is complete!
- Regular salt baths, release muscle tension, improve common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on the feet, while also working on serious skin conditions like athlete’s foot, eczema, and psoriasis.