5 Common Summer Ailments in Kids

Drinking enough water prevents many summer ailments: Parenting resources by ZenParent

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Summer time is awesome, unlimited fun for the children. However there are certain niggling infections that can happen in the summer putting a damper on their spirits. Here’s how to deal with common summer ailments.

Prickly heat: Prickly heat, the rash that appears on the skin is one of the most common problems in the summer. The excessive sweat blocks the pores of the skin, and causes raised bumps which might cause a prickly sensation when they burst. Using talcum powder to mop up the sweat and using non-oil based moisturizers is recommended in the hot season. Loose-fitting cotton clothes that absorb the sweat and let your skin breathe is ideal. The rash usually clears up by itself within a few days.

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis, which is contagious, is another common summer ailment. Its symptoms are redness,itching and inflammation of the eye. Washing hands immediately on coming into the house is a good habit. Teach the kids not to touch their face or eyes unnecessarily since this increases the odds of contracting this bothersome ailment. Also known as pink eye, conjunctivitis clears up with eye drops.

Ear infection (Swimmer’s ear): This is an infection of the outer ear and can be quite painful for the kids. It is commonly contracted by children who swim a lot.  A course of antibiotic ear drops (prescribed by the doctor of course) will usually solve the problem. However during this time, it is better to avoid swimming. As a preventive measure, ear plugs can be worn if swimming is a regular activity.

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Dehydration:Dehydration is a common issue in the summer. Kids are so busy playing, they forget to hydrate regularly. This can cause nausea, giddiness and dryness of skin. Try to get the kids to wear a hat when they play in the sun, and insist that they take a water bottle when they go and play outside. Keep them indoors during the hottest parts of the day. If your kids have been swimming, it is important to apply a light moisturizer post-swim.

Overheating troubles: As the mercury rises, another common problem seen is stomach cramps and pain during urination because of excess heat.  This is again caused due to insufficient water consumption and too much sun exposure. Besides drinking plenty of water, consuming cooling food like watermelon, buttermilk, jal jeera etc will cool the body. 3 cups of barley water in a day is also a good remedy for tummy pains and pain during urination.

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