Sonali Shivlani answers all your baby-related concerns
This is a monsoon anthem sung by all little children across the country, each time their mothers do not want them to go out and play. As moms, we are worried that our little one will catch a cold, viral infection or just come back home covered in muck from splashing around in puddles. Naturally, that means a major clean up job for us, and as a result, restrict their playtime to indoor spaces. Every year, just before the start of the monsoons and perhaps all through the season, mothers everywhere are asking: how do I keep the flu at bay? Is there anything that I can do to boost my child’s immunity? I’ll share with you a few simple tricks that can make the rains a fun time for both, you and your children: 1. The most important thing to remember is to never let your child get wet in the first two or three showers. This holds true even for you. This is because, the first few showers are termed as acid rain. All the pollutants present in the air, come down in the first few showers. So if you must enjoy a long walk in the rain, be patient and wait a few days or till the air is cleaner. 2. If your child gets wet, that’s not going to cause the cold, provided your child doesn’t stay out in the cold rain for too long. However, if your child does get wet but starts to dry and continues to play without so much as changing out of those wet clothes, that’s an open invitation to te cold and flu. In this case, insist on a change and
then let him resume his play. 3. A warm drink always helps to battle the effects of a wet spell, so keep some soothing recipes on hand. It could be a steaming cup of hot cocoa or a delicious bowl of soup; no matter what your little one enjoys, make sure to feed him a warm drink after a run-in with the rain. 4. Make sure your child is loading up on all those lovely fruit and vegetables. These contain antioxidants and will help your little one to build his immunity and fight off any germs that they may contract.
And finally, here is a recipe for a super immunity booster. Do keep in mind any allergies that your child may have, before you feed it to him.