Two types of digestive issues affect children during winters – viral and nonviral. Paediatrician Dr Chetan Ginigeri of Aster CMI Hospital, Bengaluru, explains, “In places that see more than normal temperature drop, children are known to get afflicted by rotavirus, which causes diarrhoea and respiratory problems. Rotavirus usually shows up during the winter in kids between 6 and 24 months.” Apart from that, as the digestive system becomes sluggish in winter, children can be at a risk of constipation.
Paediatrician Dr Sanjay Sharma from Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, advises to prepare your child for winters by including fresh vegetables and fruits, dry fruits, dairy products, nuts/oilseeds, whole grains/legumes and limited amount of ghee, in his/her diet. These will provide necessary oil and fat, boost immunity and ensure the digestive system works smooth. Avoid processed and junk food as they may take longer to digest. Rotavirus vaccination should be taken at the appropriate time.