Son­ali Shivlani an­swers all your baby-re­lated con­cerns

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - M&B’s pan­el­list Son­ali Shivlani is an In­ter­na­tion­ally Cer­ti­fied Preg­nancy Con­sul­tant and a child nutri­tion coun­sel­lor. She is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of CAPPA In­dia, and also trains as­pir­ing birth pro­fes­sion­als to achieve cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in preg­nancy, birth

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.

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