Monsoon is here! Which means only one thing (actually it means many things, but for mothers, there is really only one concern) - rainy season diseases - infections, rashes, colds and coughs and what not. Maintaining a healthy and hygienic diet and routine is super important, but is not always possible.
There are three types of illnesses that your little one can acquire during monsoon:
1. Air-Borne Diseases: these diseases are caused by air-borne viruses. Babies and infants are most susceptible to these. These are easily transmitted through air.
2. Water-Borne Diseases: the increased humidity in the air helps bacteria and mould grow immensely on humid surfaces. Diseases like typhoid, diarrhea and cholera are commonly transmitted through water.
3. Vector-Borne Diseases: external organisms like mosquitoes and worms are common transmitters of these diseases. Babies who aren’t well covered are very susceptible to diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya.
Home Remedies To Treat These Diseases
Ayurvedic remedies have been used and recommended for thousands of years, because they focus on holistic healing and overall wellness rather than curing one particular disease. Here are 7 common monsoon health remedies:
1. Common Cold, Cough & Flu
Remedy: Ginger Juice + Warm Water + One teaspoon of Honey (Mix this together and give to your little one a few times in a day)
Note: This is one of the most effective home remedies for cold, cough and sore throat in babies. But, if you’re planning to give this to infants below 12 months of age, consult your doctor, as such infants are not advised to consume honey.
Read about more such home remedies for cough in babies here.
Remedy: A pinch of Dried Pomegranate + One tablespoon of Pomegranate Juice
Note: This is really effective against diarrhoea and is fully safe for babies above 6 months of age. Pomegranate has been known to be anti-inflammatory, which will soothe the stomach wall.
Remedy: Salt Water Wash. This is the most common and effective home remedy for treating conjunctivitis. Just mix some sea salt in lukewarm water and rinse your little one's eyes with the solution.
Note: Again, it is advisable to use this remedy for kids above 1.5 years only. Make sure you don’t use a lot of salt and keep a towel and some water handy.
Remedy: Basil or Tulsi is known as the wonder herb Ayurvedic books. The natural insecticidal properties of Tulsi repels mosquitoes. Make your baby to chew a tulsi leaves or just boil a few leaves in water, strain them and give it to them as a warm beverage. Safe for babies above 6 months of age.
5. Skin Irritations
Remedy: A few leaves of Neem + One piece of Raw Turmeric - this can be pounded together to make a paste which can be applied to the affected area.
Note: Neem has proven antiseptic properties and turmeric is known to have antibacterial properties, and both these qualities excellent for skin conditions.
Remedy: 1/2 teaspoon of Salt + 6 small spoons of Sugar + 4 cups of really clean Water. Give it to your baby many times throughout the day, at regular intervals. Increasing the fluid intake with an ORS solution is the best way to deal with typhoid.
7. Viral Fever
Remedy: Raisins + Lemon Juice. Grind 5-6 water soaked raisins and add 1 tsp of lemon juice to it. This provides quick relief to your child.
Note: Please make sure you give this only to children above 12 months of age.
These home remedies might actually provide a quicker and safer relief from these illnesses. Share this with other moms and help a mother out!