With the advent of monsoon coinciding with the reopening of schools in many states, the image that flashes in many minds are children getting drenched in school uniforms. Unfortunately, the cooling showers bring with them an increased susceptibility to a lot of diseases that are peculiar to the monsoon. It is time we got our safeguards ready and geared our children to face monsoon in its full glory. However, certain diseases are very common in this season, especially to the children. Dr. Varghese Cherian Head of Department of Pediatrics & Neonatology, Lourdes Hospital, Ernakulam advises you how to deal with the monsoon diseases.
The common cold, which is one of the biggest causes of major absenteeism in the monsoons, is due to the fact that viruses thrive better in humid conditions. Staying in wet clothes for a long time and prolonged exposure to the humid air can increase the chances of catching a cold. Being viral in origin, the common cold spreads fast through contact. Washing hands often and preventing contact with people who have the common cold as much as possible will help.
Diseases develop when the body experiences a sudden and extreme drop in temperature, which generally occurs when your child gets soaked in
rainwater. Taking a shower after getting wet in the rain helps the body by stabilising the cold temperature of the body and brings it back to normal by the time you dry off.
(Read the full part of this article from June Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)